Zoe is Recognized as Kids Wish Network and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities Hero of the Month

Hero of the Month Zoe of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities- Kids Wish Network

“She didn’t ask ‘Why me?’ but kept moving forward”

Zoe became a paraplegic at the young age of nine. Over the years, her spine began to curve, and it was determined that she would need spinal fusion surgery to correct the problems that come along with the curvature.

Zoe’s child life specialist Aleida wanted to recognize the strength Zoe showed when faced with another spinal surgery so she nominated Zoe as Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Hero of the Month.

“We all go through life having to learn to be independent and do things on our own. Zoe was faced with this challenge when she became a paraplegic nine years ago and then when she was faced with this challenge again after the spinal fusion injury.”

Although Zoe is family-oriented, she knew she would have to move forward in her life towards one of independence. Instead of looking at her situation as a “why me?” she faced things head on and continues to live up to the challenges of this additional change in her life.

Recovery has been lengthy and requires the assistance of hospital staff, but Zoe has graciously accepted the help as a way to adapt to the challenges she faces with her daily activities and has done so with great positivity.

It is with great pride that Kids Wish Network, along with Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, honors Zoe’s courage by recognizing her as one of our Heroes of the Month. Congratulations, Zoe!


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