Originally, Yasmin’s parents thought she had asthma, but it soon became evident that she had something much more devastating: chronic lung disease and cystic fibrosis. She was just 18 months old.
Now age 11, Yasmin’s battle with CF continues. She has undergone surgeries, bronchoscopies and endoscopies. Yasmin has had a portion of her lungs removed requiring a 3-month hospitalization, and recently she needed her lungs cauterized. Yasmin’s lungs have filled with blood, she takes 17 medications a day and she wears a percussion vest daily to loosen the thick, sticky lung mucus that CF creates.
Yasmin can’t go on sleepovers with her friends because she takes so many medications. She loves sports and tries her hardest in her soccer games, but her decreased lung function makes it hard for her to run and she tires easily.
Yasmin is hospitalized about three to four times a year, usually for a couple of weeks at a time. She has to pass long days in her hospital room and the Starlight Fun Center® mobile entertainment unit helps keep loneliness and boredom at bay. The Fun Center unit also gives Yasmin’s sisters something to do when they come to visit her at the Starlight Site, an inviting hospital environment for kids, at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C.
“Thanks to Starlight Children’s Foundation, Yasmin has kept a smile on her face throughout so many hardships that she has faced these past couple of years,” says her mom.
Yasmin’s mother works in the medical field and has learned to be thankful for all their family has, regardless of what they endure. Yasmin’s strength and perseverance to continue to fight against this disease continues to amaze her mom and has inspired her sisters.
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