Hope is an active teenager with diverse interests. She is the vice president of her 4-H club. She competes in barrel racing, and trained the horse on which she races. She also enjoys sewing, archery and volleyball, and she is an honor roll student at her school.
“She has been through so much, and you would never know it looking at her now,” said Peggie, Hope’s mom.
Hope was born prematurely at 26 weeks. She weighed only 1 pound 8 ounces. Due to her premature birth and because her lungs were not fully formed, she developed a serious respiratory condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a lung disease that left her chance of survival at 50 percent.
Before her first birthday, Hope underwent numerous heart surgeries. Plaque buildup due to BPD meant that she later needed multiple dental surgeries. Hope also contracted RSV, a respiratory virus. She received ongoing treatment at Children’s Colorado, and at one point was hospitalized for almost four months.
“She has been on medication her whole life, and her doctors always made sure her medications were right,” Peggie said. “There were a lot of scary, scary times with her. We didn’t know if she would make it.”
Hope not only survived, but at 14 years old, she excels in her many activities. Although Hope is still on medication, her lung function is mostly normal. After so many visits to Children’s Colorado, now Hope only visits once a year for an annual follow-up appointment.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about our doctors at Children’s Colorado and how they took care of Hope,” Peggie said. “She is my miracle, and she is a real inspiration.”