Alexandra Simoes – Youth Ambassador
Alexandra Simoes, former patient of Dr. Joaquim Miró at the CHU Sainte Justine, is a remarkable youth ambassador and advocate of the Sainte-Justine at the Heart of the World mission.
Children from Here – Children from Elsewhere
“There is, of course, a Nobel Peace Prize. But there is none for courage and resilience, or for human goodness. If that were the case, Alexandra Simoes would be the natural candidate…
Alexandra is my patient since a young age. Carrying Loeys Dietz’s syndrome, she had to undergo multiple cardiac and extracardiac procedures, by my own hands, those of Dr. Poirier and many other doctors at the CHU Sainte Justine. She probably knows the hospital environment better than I do… She lived some of her most challenging but also her happiest moments in our hospital. I still very much remember that time when, after one of her surgeries, she had to hastily pull off a chest tube so that she could attend her graduation ball. I remember, especially, her waking up after more than two weeks of coma, while nobody really believed in it anymore.
Alexandra is a patient who we don’t encounter often in our career as doctors, and that reinforces our conviction to perform the best job in the world. Without ever accepting the injustice of her state of health, she struggles on a daily basis to maintain a normal and fulfilled life. In addition, she decided to make additional efforts to help Sainte Justine at the Heart of the World, by becoming our ambassador to young people. She does it to offer children of all countries of the world the same level of care that she feels so fortunate to have received at the Sainte-Justine Hospital.
To this athlete of resilience, this young woman so endearing and full of joy of life and kindness, the entire team of Sainte Justine at the Heart of the World wishes to convey her all our admiration and gratitude.
— Dr. Joaquim Miró
For more information of Alexandra’s work, please visit her Facebook page.