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Meet Gianna

Watching your child be born at 27 weeks and immediately rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a scary moment for parents, but Tes and Philip Eusebio stayed positive throughout the ordeal.

While pregnant, Tes learned that she had preeclampsia, a condition where her blood pressure was extremely high, which led to her daughter becoming sick and needing to be born at 27 weeks.

Gianna, who is now four, was just over a pound when she was born and had to go directly to the NICU. Gianna was experiencing congestive heart failure due to a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA.

“About a month later, her lungs kept flooding up with water because of her heart, they had to put a PDA clip on her and had to do heart surgery on her. It was really hard, but how I perceived it was I couldn’t show that while I was there, even though she was tiny I kept feeling that she would feel it. So all we did was be happy that she was here,” Tes said.

“Three weeks later they found out she was partially blind so they did (laser eye surgery) on her as well, she was in the hospital for seven months. I think the biggest problem with her was she had to be on the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) the whole time because her lungs just weren’t getting any better and everything else falls if you don’t get enough oxygen.”

Despite the rough start that Gianna endured, Tes attributes the great care she received at Children’s Hospital for her daughter being here today.

“For two years she had specialists come, she had occupational, physiotherapy, feeding and speech, and they all discharged her last year. They were totally amazed with how she is, and knock on wood, she’s really good,” Tes said.

“(The treatment) was so amazing; she’s literally been in every department. Everyone there has been good, especially the NICU.”

The Eusebio family hasn’t forgotten about the great care they received while in the hospital with Gianna. Every year on Gianna’s birthday the family makes a point of visiting the hospital to show their support and appreciation.

“We never take it for granted at all; we go back to the hospital every year on her birthday. We pick a department where we want to go to and we bring lunch and coffee for the doctors and nurses in that department,” Tes said.

“We reconnect and make her see this is where she is from, this is how they helped her and there are other sick kids there too exactly like her. We also try to do the Walk for Miracles every year and we do as much fundraising as we can throughout the year so we can raise funds for the hospital. Anybody who asks I will tell the story because I’m so proud of what happened with her. They would never appreciate anything if they don’t hear what the story is.”