My name is Annika. I was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. When I was born at St. Joseph’s, the doctors and nurses knew I needed help and quickly flew me to BC Children’s Hospital. I had surgery when I was one week old. They repaired my diaphragm and gave my lungs more space to grow.
YANA gave my parents an apartment to live in near the hospital. Mom and Dad told me that YANA was able to help us because we lived in the Comox Valley, where people cared a lot.