Angel MariaAngel is a star, and she simply shines! Her beautiful spirit and sweet smile brings joy to everyone around her. In January, Angel will celebrate her 3rd birthday. She likes being girly and playing dress up. She is always dancing and singing. Her parents say, “She has never let the procedures that she’s been through take her shine away.” Even after surgery, Angel wakes up smiling and happy.

Angel was born with a severe form of Spina Bifida. She was born missing several ribs and she only has one kidney. This year Angel was diagnosed with Klippel-Feil syndrome, which is extremely rare. There are specialists who treat Klippel-Feil syndrome only in Australia and Wisconsin. Angel doesn’t take no for an answer.

The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation was able to provide Angel’s family with a Holiday Gift Card to buy Christmas presents for Angel. The Foundation also helped their family pay rent at their new apartment. Angel’s parents are thankful, “We don’t know where we would be without the help of the Foundation”.