Sophia loves music, singing and art. Thanks to the world-class Stollery Children’s Hospital, she gets to enjoy her all of her favourite things.
At eight months old, Sophia was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which causes severe damage to her lungs and heart. At the Stollery in 2015, she became the youngest and smallest patient in Canada to receive a Potts shunt in her heart, which has helped reduce the high pressure in her heart and allowed doctors to lower her medication doses.
Originally from Fort McMurray, Sophia and her family moved to Edmonton to be closer to the Stollery due to her ongoing complex medical needs. Today, Sophia is on oxygen 24/7 and has been accepted as a candidate for transplant, with her Stollery team assessing whether she needs a lung transplant, or both a heart and lung transplant. Sophia faces every day with courage, love and a little humour.