While pregnant, Gianna’s mom developed preeclampsia, a condition where the mother’s blood pressure is extremely high. As a result, Gianna was born severely prematurely at just 27 weeks. Gianna was just over a pound at birth and had to go directly to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), since she was experiencing congestive heart failure. Enduring heart and eye surgery, Gianna spent seven months in hospital. The incredible care Gianna received helped her become the thriving girl she is today.
Each year on Gianna’s birthday, her family visits the hospital to show their support and appreciation. With the help of her children’s hospital, Gianna went through surgeries, treatments and medications that led her on the path to recovery. Her family volunteers and fundraises to give back and help other children at the hospital who still need help.
Gianna always makes people smile and laugh. She has a very strong sense of who she is and what she wants.