Meet the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Champions for the states of Maine and New Hampshire- Ashlynn & Alex! Both Ashlynn and Alex are patients of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
Ashlynn’s nonstop energy and infectious laugh follow her wherever she goes. If she’s not laughing, she’s singing—even in the hospital with doctors and nurses. She exudes friendliness and is especially sensitive of other children facing injuries or illness.
Ashlynn was born with pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect, meaning blood from the right side of her heart couldn’t get to her lungs for oxygen. She had her first open heart surgery at just 2 days old. The new valve wasn’t able to grow with her, so Ashlynn had a second open-heart surgery at age 6.
Challenges that would discourage others have given Ashlynn the opportunity to shine. She’s been in and out of the hospital her entire life and knows she’ll require future surgery on her heart, but Ashlynn takes everything in stride and continues to dream. Singing in her school talent show every year is just the beginning of what she hopes will be a promising career someday.
Hockey isn’t just a sport for Alex. He’s been on the ice for almost as long as he could walk, honing his puck-throwing skills since age 4. In a strange twist of fate, hockey also proved to be a lifesaver. In 2008, Alex sprained his wrist after a fall on the ice. Spiraling arm pain over the next month led doctors to a leukemia diagnosis.
Alex spent the next three years receiving chemotherapy. It didn’t take long for him to befriend the nurses and adjust to a new medical routine. Alex even played hockey all throughout treatment, which kept his body flexible and tendons loose.
As mom attests, Alex’s love of hockey is only matched by his love of others—hence, he feels protective of kids going through difficult health challenges. Now in remission, Alex is spending more time on the ice and emphatically following his favorite team, the Washington Capitals.
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