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 more than 100 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
Critical Care Medicine Training
Provide a one-year advanced training fellowship in critical care for a doctor through Johns Hopkins Medicine annually ($100,000/year)
Creating a library of critical care training videos
Develop a roadmap of questions and checklists for families and ICU patients
Offer workshops on coping strategies for grief and recovery
Connecting survivors and families
Partnering with other related organizations to collaborate on resources
ECMO survivor and ICU warrior
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.