Featured volunteer of the week is Amanda Plakholm. Amanda Plakholm is a CDH International Parent Advisory Board Member, CHERUBS Canada International Representative, Awareness Committee Member and Fundraising Committee Leader.
Hello, my name is Amanda Plakholm, mom to Cherub Liz. Liz is a 16 year old LCDH survivor, who was diagnosed with CDH at a 12 week routine ultra sound. Our care was then transferred to McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Liz had her CDH repair done at 3 days old and had lots of ups and downs. Amazingly her stay in NICU was only one month long and then she was transferred closer to home to work on feeding issues. Liz reherniated at age 6, had a duplication cyst removed off her stomach at age 9 and two emergency surgeries to repair holes in her stomach. She has had a long journey, but is an amazing young lady!
I am married and have a younger daughter named Emily who was diagnosed with ABS in utero, luckily the band was gone by the time she was born. She was also recently diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis.Family is the most important thing in the world to me. We love spending time together outdoors, backpacking, snow shoeing and camping.