Shortly before Emma's fourth birthday, she began experiencing difficulty breathing. Concerned, her mother took her to the pediatrician only to be told that Emma had the croup, a common childhood illness.
Two weeks later, Emma's family spent the day at a local zoo, which was one of Emma's favorite places. But soon after they left, Emma started to make horrible wheezing noises and she began to gasp for air. Unable to catch her breath, Emma passed out. On the side of the road, Emma’s worried parents leapt to action. Emma's dad called 911 and her mom performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
At a local hospital, a CT scan revealed devastating news: There was a mass invading Emma's throat and chest. The mass had collapsed her windpipe and was on the verge of collapsing the main artery to her brain. Without a minute to spare, Emma was put on a ventilator and air lifted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.