“She suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car crash”
A family car ride turned into a horrific accident for 7-year-old Trinity. A close relative did not survive the crash and Trinity suffered a traumatic brain injury from the impact. She also needed reconstructive surgery on her right leg in addition to an external fixator, a device placed on the outside of a leg made up of connecting rods, clamps, and pins to hold the bone in place. This orthopedic surgical treatment stabilizes the bone and soft tissues at a distance, allowing access for doctors to operate and restore bone continuity as well as functional soft tissue cover. Trinity’s extensive injuries necessitated this procedure and numerous other surgeries. She endured a lengthy hospital stay in both the acute post-surgical unit and in the inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Throughout her hospitalization and recovery, Trinity tried her hardest to remain in good spirits despite her emotional and physical pain. She easily formed bonds with both the staff and other patients. Trinity continues to attend outpatient clinic and rehabilitation appointments since her discharge. Her nominating Child Life Specialist calls her a “smart, funny, and quick-witted” child. She tries to make the best of her circumstances, listening to music with her younger sister and having “dance parties” in the treatment rooms while waiting for her doctor to arrive.
It is with great pride that we honor Trinity’s brave perseverance by recognizing her as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases’ Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Trinity!