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Meet fearless Michaela

Patient ambassador for Shriners for Children Medical Center

Meet fearless Michaela

Meet Michaela, a fun, loving, energetic 8-year-old who has overcome many challenges at an early age. Before Michaela was born, Mayra, Michaela’s mom, received news that her daughter would be born with caudal regression syndrome. Caudal regression syndrome is a congenital disorder in which there is abnormal fetal development of the lower spine. Fortunately, after Michaela was born, her doctor concluded that Michaela did not have caudal regression syndrome. However, she was born with several other congenital abnormalities that required surgeries.

Michaela underwent surgery at Shriners for Children Medical Center (formerly Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles) at 6 months of age for a dislocated hip that required her to be in a body cast for six months. Besides having hip dysplasia, she was also born with a lower extremity abnormality that required the amputation of her left leg above the knee. When eighteen months old she had another surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles. After a few surgeries, intense therapy and support from her family, Michaela has overcome many challenges.

Time after time, she has demonstrated the ability to fight against the odds. “Every medical challenge she has overcome has helped her become more fearless and strong-minded,” said Mayra. Michaela demonstrates the attitude of an overachiever, and is determined to overcome any challenge and succeed at everything she does. Being an amputee has not stopped her from growing and learning new skills. Through partnerships with Shriners for Children Medical Center and Angel City Games, Michaela has gained skills in gymnastics, equestrian activities, swimming and running. “She has been seen by Shriner’s medical professionals since she was about 3 months old, so Shriners is like family to us. Every visit at Shriners has always been so pleasant. The staff made all difficult moments so positive!” said Mayra. Michaela is a proud patient ambassador of Shriners for Children Medical Center and continues to show herself and others that anything is possible.