Children's of Alabama HomeChildofChildrens_logo
  Find a Story

Open Heart Surger
Samantha Rushing

I went to the Children's Hospital when I was 15. I met Dr. Pacifico (aka Dr. Magnifico!) and was told that I had to have open-heart surgery. He helped my family feel more at ease throughout the ordeal, and we are still grateful. I am 22 years old now, and have since made a full recovery. I work at Wal-Mart as a cashier. When I learned how the company was such a big supporter of the Children's Hospital, I knew that I had to get involved. I went to visit the Children's Hospital on Wal-Mart Appreciation Day and was amazed at all the good that comes out of the place. I sold 599 balloons in the CMN balloon campaign, coming in 2nd place. I also have made over $550 for CMN by keeping a jar at my register and collecting loose change. I am so proud that I am a part of something that makes such a difference in the lives of so many!

Children's Hospital gave me my life back. I was told that I was a "ticking time bomb", and that it was a miracle that I was still alive. Dr. Pacifico made me feel more at ease by answering our questions and explaining every little detail. Without a doctor like him, the stress alone would have killed me! I am forever grateful to the Children's Hospital for doing what they do everyday.
More survivor stories
©1996-2014 Children's of Alabama • 1600 7th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 • 205-638-9100
The information/stories contained on this site are the property of Children's Hospital of Alabama (Children's of Alabama) and cannot be reprinted, republished or otherwise disseminated without the express permission of Children's of Alabama Corporate Communications, subsequent to approval by the patient, patient parents or guardian.