Made of several different machines and more than 32 lines that are constantly pumping fluids and medicines into her while draining excess fluids, this “MONSTER” wasn’t the thing of nightmares for Bella.
It meant she was getting the care she needed. It meant a successful, life-changing surgery that would help relieve her constant pain. For Bella, it symbolized hope for her future.
“After going through something like that, you're just so grateful for the work that the surgeons, doctors and nurses have done and continue to do. Thank God for the nerds of this world!” Bella says. “Through my darkest times, they helped me heal by combining compassion and humor with medicine.”
Bella’s surgeon, Gregory Tiao, MD, feels it’s a privilege to work with patients and families who are afflicted with this challenging condition.
“The grace and gratitude that Bella and her family showed during her recovery were remarkable,” Dr. Tiao says. “Bella approached each day with a positive mindset, and her family made each interaction fun.”
Some of Bella’s post-surgery milestones included sitting in a chair within 24 hours of surgery, dancing with the "MONSTER" in under 48 hours and being able to come off strong pain medication by her fifth day of recovery, which is unheard of in cases like hers.
Bella’s Giving Hope Fundraiser Takes Off
Another milestone for Bella? Setting a goal to help other patients, like her, who rely on the expert, compassionate care that we’re known for at Cincinnati Children's.