Music has the power to express delight and incite happy feet. It animates 3-year-old Eloya Gilbertson who loves to sing and dance. Her infectious joy bubbles over in her play, artwork and fits of giggles, too. The little girl with the lyrical name is almost always smiling.
To look at her, it’s hard to imagine the challenges she and her family faced when Eloya was born with her intestines and part of her stomach outside her body. She was so small that surgery to repair the defect proved difficult, resulting in a very long recovery.
Long days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit took a toll on Eloya’s parents, Felicity Baldwin and Scott Gilbertson who, at the time, also had two other young children at home. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals was there to help.
“They helped with meal vouchers for us while Eloya was in the hospital and money for gas to get to and from the hospital,” Felicity says. Even after Eloya went home CMN Hospitals reached out to help when Eloya needed special formula and providing gas cards for the many trips to doctors’ appointments.
“CMN Hospitals is always there when you need them. It gives parents hope when they need it most,” she adds.
Recently diagnosed with epilepsy, Eloya is facing new challenges. Despite that, her parents reports that Eloya is doing great. She loves learning new things and is eager to start school soon.