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
Offer resources on coping strategies for grief and recovery
Connecting survivors and families
Partnering with other related organizations to collaborate on resources
On October 4, 2019, Mindy contracted what appeared to be the flu. Ten days later, she found herself in a local hospital ICU with double pneumonia. After several days on a ventilator in critical condition, she was transferred to JFK Hospital in Lake Worth, Florida and placed on ECMO, which saved her life.
ECMO survivor and ICU warrior
Join the Journey!
Meet, support and connect with other survivors and their families.