Sofia was born with metabolic disorder and was hospitalized at 3 days old. After that she was in-and-out of the hospital a few times. To prevent possible neurological damage, one of her doctors suggested a liver transplant, which was one of the hardest decisions for me to make. In January 2017, at 10 months old, she underwent a liver transplant surgery. After that surgery she had complications that made it difficult for her to breathe on her own. She ended up having a trach and being ventilator-dependent. Overall, Sofia spent 8 months in the hospital. During the hospital stay, the Child Life Department made her life so much nicer. Dedicated Child Life Specialists Laila, Tracy and Megan took such good care of Sofia. They decorated her room beautifully and made her feel at home. I loved to see them spending time and playing with her. They also arranged for an amazing musical therapist, Jenna, to come every week to sing and dance with little Sofia. As Sofia required 24/7 nursing care at home, before her discharge, Laila helped me to create her schedule/routine to follow for the nurses. We have such a good memories of staying at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Santa Monica. I
always remember our daily walks in the beautiful gardens, the ocean breeze, and the music concert organized by the Child Life team. Today Sofia is doing very well; she is a happy little
girl who likes listening and dancing to all the nursery rhymes and Disney songs she used to hear from Jenna. Thank you to the Child Life Department for being such a great impact on her life.