Children’s Specialized Hospital
Motor Vehicle Accident
When Gianna was just a year old, she was in a car accident that caused severe head trauma, including a skull fracture. She was immediately rushed to a regional trauma unit where doctors placed her in a coma to help her body cope with the injury. Her heart stopped twice during that time, but with help from Children’s Specialized Hospital, she always fought back to life.
After three weeks Gianna was taken out of her coma but she had no use of her arms or legs. She has been through brain surgery, muscle and nerve treatments, electrical stimulation, and movement therapies. For the past 13 years, she has received constant care from Children's Specialized Hospital. Now 14, Gianna has limited use of her right arm and difficulties with movement in her right leg. She will go to therapy for the rest of her life.
Despite the challenges life has thrown at her, Gianna looks for the positive in every situation. She loves to make those around her smile and her deep concern for others is a true testament of her inspiring character.