HEART OF A champion mahalo to all for helping us grow! 14-YEAR-OLD JULIE KOBAYASHI WAKES UP GRATEFUL FOR EVERY NEW DAY. JUST THREE YEARS AGO, JULIE WAS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE WHEN SHE WAS BROUGHT TO KAPI‘OLANI MEDICAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN. Now Julie has a fully functioning new heart. She is focusing on enjoying life as a teenager and getting back to the things she loves, including playing the clarinet, lion dancing, playing Julie’s heart was pumping at less drawing. But she is especially proud She was transferred to Kapi‘olani’s to be named the 2016 Children’s Miracle Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for Network Hospitals Champion for stabilization. After a series of trials Hawai‘i. and tests, the staff determined that “I am honored to represent the she was experiencing heart failure Children’s Miracle Network and and needed a heart transplant. Kapi‘olani,” said Julie.“I hope to be “When we were first told of Julie's able to motivate other kids that they heart failure in the emergency room can overcome the challenges like at Kapi‘olani, we were in disbelief,” I faced and be given that second said Lori Kobayashi, Julie’s mother. chance in life. You can do anything “It was a very difficult time for us you set your mind to.” but the pediatric intensive care unit The national Champions program doctors, nurses, physical therapists, is supported by Delta Air Lines, social worker and the critical care Chico’s FAS, ACE Hardware and her family thought was a stomach transport team at Kapi‘olani helped Marriott International. flu. When her symptoms worsened, us get through it one day at a time by Julie’s parents took her to Kapi‘olani. providing the specialized support we Doctors listening to her heart noticed needed.” It all started with what Julie and an anomaly. Kapi‘olani’s staff ran 10 video games, reading anime and than 10 percent of the normal rate. The nearest pediatric transplant tests and quickly diagnosed her with center is on the West Coast, so dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition Kapi‘olani’s Critical Care Transport that occurs when the heart becomes Team took Julie on an air ambulance weakened and enlarged. to the mainland, where she eventually received a heart transplant. T H E P E D I AT R I C TRANSPORT TEAM FUND: Donations to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Hawai‘i help fund Kapi‘olani’s Critical Care Transport Team. The critical care transport team provides transportation on airplanes and ambulances statewide 365 days a year.