Many patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital have been receiving life-saving surgeries and treatments since birth, so the staff becomes like family to these patients. That's what life's been like for 15 year old Annie.
Annie was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida, when a baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly. She was born at 36 weeks and surprised all of her doctors with the extent of the success of her fetal surgery.
She has since endured many surgeries and hospitalizations in the hands of the skilled physicians at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Annie is now a freshman at Notre Dame Prep High School and has a contagious laugh, huge heart and takes on the challenges of living with spina bifida with a smile and positive spirit.
Annie is now sharing her medical journey with other patients as a volunteer.
When she gets older, she hopes to work with the Child Life program at the hospital.