Family Stories

Family from Sweden with boy who can't walk

Walking for the first time

13-year old Robin Andersson’s smile lights up the room. Although he is in a wheelchair because of his spastic cerebral palsy, his positive outlook and enthusiasm for life overshadows his physical issues. He has just finished the second of his four-week treatments at the Conductive Education Center of Sarasota/Bradenton and is eager to begin walking…

Smith Family at RMH

Louisiana family finds home in Tampa

Successful marketing executive Jessica Smith was in Tampa for a convention during the 26th week of her pregnancy when she began to feel ill. After some quick research, she headed to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a ruptured kidney. It turns out that she had a ruptured kidney stone which had…

Little girl dressed as princess

Isabella Sanchez – Full of life with half a heart

Isabella is almost 4 years old. She is your typical toddler with lots of spunk and personality. She loves playing outside with her older brother and with her many baby dolls, including listening to their “heart.” She enjoys bubbles, taking baths and spaghetti. We first found out our daughter, Isabella, had a congenital heart defect (CHD)…

Helms Family

Cody Helms Gift of Life

Twenty-seven-year-old Cody Phillips wipes tears from his eyes when he describes the life of his 13-year-old brother, Carter. Until recently, Carter was spending three days a week at the dialysis clinic, because his kidneys shut down a year ago and had to be surgically removed. The way Cody sees it, his brother is a smart…