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Hannah's Story

Your generosity is behind little Hannah’s Christmas miracle. Now, see how you inspired her to be “Hannah Claus” for sick kids!
Hannah A.

What started as a fun outing to see Santa Claus ended with an emergency trip to Children’s National Hospital. Two-year-old Hannah was sweaty, pale and screaming in pain.

Dr. Evan Nadler and his team performed an emergency exploratory surgery. Two hours later, they had good news: Hannah would be fine. She had swallowed an unknown object. Dr. Nadler repaired the damage and she’d need to spend 10 days in our pediatric intensive care unit. 

Four days after she went home, she was readmitted for an infection and needed an additional surgery. “Her nurses had her room ready with a doll and books,” her mom Meghan says. “The little things helped us get through.” 

Hannah went home on Christmas day with an armload of donated, wrapped gifts — a gesture that Hannah’s parents appreciated since they’d had no time for holiday shopping.

Hannah came back to Children’s National for months of follow-up appointments. “Every visit, I was blown away by the staff’s care and thoughtfulness,” Meghan says. 

Today, Hannah is a healthy 9-year-old in third grade. She loves to sing and draw! And like you, Hannah has a generous spirit! At Christmastime, “Hannah Claus” (as she calls herself) and her family collect and deliver gifts for patients at the hospital. They always make time to visit their doctors and nurses, as Meghan says, “to celebrate all the miracles that happen at Children’s National.”   

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we can celebrate this year.  That's why your generosity means more than ever. Thank you for giving patients, families, and healthcare heroes a Reason To Believe this holiday season.