“Taking her hospitalization in stride”
No one pictures spending their 15th birthday in a hospital, but that is exactly what New Jersey native Shamirah had to do. Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital diagnosed Shamirah with a ruptured appendix. It required surgery and multiple invasive procedures. Complications from the illness made it necessary for Shamirah to be monitored in the Pediatric ICU for over 12 days.
According to her nominating Child Life Specialist, Shamirah “has taken her hospitalization in stride” and has let her “effervescent” personality shine through by utilizing her arts and crafts skills to make a wall of art in her hospital room. Shamirah has also benefitted greatly from Children’s Regional’s programs and events. This includes their therapeutic services such as animal-assisted therapy and the Cooper Child Life’s Fourth of July party, where Shamirah participated in a game of corn hole, face painting, and a bubble mural.
Shamirah’s bright spirit motivated her to “interact positively with her parents, sibling, and the staff” at Children’s Regional in spite of her illness.
It is with great pleasure that Kids Wish Network and Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital honor Shamira’s bravery by recognizing her as Hero of the Month!