As part of our “Monday Miracle Story” series, we will introduce you to some amazing UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients, both past and present. Their families graciously agreed to share their journeys to help underscore the importance of donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so critical treatments, health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and education can continue.
At three years old, Gianna Arredondo began having bad headaches. So bad she couldn’t function. This continued for several years until an MRI revealed a very rare diagnosis: cerebral cavernous malformations.
Cavernous malformations are a cluster of tightly coiled blood vessels in the brain which begin to leak small amounts of blood. People with cerebral cavernous malformations may experience serious symptoms such as headaches, seizures, paralysis, hearing or vision deficiencies, and bleeding in the brain.
Two brain surgeries later, Gianna is an avid reader, loves to swim and frequents Disneyland. Thanks to cutting-edge technology and expertise at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, she and her parents got the miracle they were praying for.
Meet Gianna and hear her miracle story.
How donations help kids like Gianna: Children’s Miracle Network donations help fund Cinemavision movie goggles which are available for some types of pediatric MRIs. These MRI goggles are a distraction tool which allows children to watch a DVD throughout the MRI. Fewer patients are now requiring general anesthesia for their MRI exams. some 80 percent of MRIs are now being performed without anesthesia among patients ages 6 to 11, and 63 percent among kids ages 0 to 5.
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The philanthropic branch of the company, the Panda Cares Program, brings hope to children in need. The program’s purpose is to promote the spirit of giving within Panda by directly serving the health and education needs of underserved children. Panda Restaurant Group has been a proud fundraising partner since 2007 and has raised $37M through their coin donation boxes, Associate Giving campaign and golf tournaments. Panda Expresses throughout the United States also frequently visit their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals bringing smiles, treats and food to these special kids and their families. Since its inception in 1999, Panda Cares has given millions of dollars of in-kind donations to numerous non-profit organizations, schools and hospitals. Panda Cares’ purpose is to promote the spirit of giving and establish a caring presence in communities where Panda Restaurant Group’s guests and associates live and work.