Not Just a Number
In October 2020, Maria Young — an active 41-year-old woman — arrived at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, with COVID-19 and double pneumonia. A staggering 130 days later, Maria returned to her family. At the hospital, she spent 69 days on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a form of life support) and 70 days on a ventilator. Maria was lucky to be at a hospital with advanced technologies and experienced doctors. The mission of Maria’s Miracle is to help others around the U.S. and world receive the same level of care by supporting advanced critical care and ECMO training programs. Maria’s Miracle also aims to distribute accurate information about COVID-19 and to support families with loved ones facing extended ICU stays and ECMO support.
What We Do
(or are working on)
Critical Care Medicine Training
Provide an annual advanced training fellowship in critical care for a doctor through Johns Hopkins Medicine
Provide a toolkit of resources for families and ICU patients
Connecting survivors and families
Partnering with other related organizations to collaborate on resources
Rhonda Sawyer “Sassy” was an active loving mother and grandma who enjoyed spending time with her family including her son, three daughters and their growing families. In the fall of 2021, Rhonda contracted COVID-19 and continued to decline. She was placed on VV ECMO at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. After over 80 days completely sedated, doctors were able to wake her up while still on ECMO so she could begin physical therapy and be evaluated for a double lung transplant (they thought she’d need a kidney too, but hers healed with time!). After 153 days on ECMO, Sassy received new lungs thanks to a generous donor. Her family was with her the entire way and she got to meet her newest grandbaby while still in the hospital. Her daughters made sure she felt more like herself by brushing her hair and painting her nails.
Double lung transplant recipient