JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) Nicki Dunaway said doctors at Batson Children’s Hospital diagnosed baby Hanna with cystic hygroma before she was even born. B
“I have tumors on the side of my face, under my tongue, and on my airway,”Hannah said.
Doctors performed her first surgery when she was just six days old. She was born with a tumor under her neck so large it covered her entire head. Unfortunately, the tumors keep coming back.
“I almost lost her a few times before she even left the hospital, and growing up she had times where she was really sick and antibiotics wouldn’t work,” Hannah’s mom said.
To stay healthy, the 15-year-old visits the hospital at least one every three months. The staff is more like family. One of the nurses has taken care of Hannah since she was a toddler. The two are so close, Hannah was a bridesmaid in her wedding.
“I feel like they loved Hannah even when she couldn’t love herself,” Nicki said.
Hannah’s disease is chronic. Looking at her now, it’s hard to believe she had a trachea tube to breath and a feeding tube to eat until she was 12.
“It’s really hard some days but I think when you actually live with it, you live with it and don’t remember that it’s there,” she said.
Hannah is sharing her joys and struggles at this year’s Mississippi Miracles Radiothon.
The Radiothon is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the hospital. Hannah along other patients will go live with area Radio DJs set up inside the hospital. S
Hospital officials want to make Radiothon 2016 a success.