Maryam Navarro

Brain surgeries, long hospital stays and transfusions are more than enough to give anybody perspective, let alone someone in their early twenties, like Maryam Navarro.

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Maryam Navarro post brain surgery.

Maryam began working for Seton in April 2009. Just two weeks after starting she got an MRI, which revealed a vascular malformation — a mass in her brain — that needed to be removed surgically.

She had her first surgery in May, but due to complications, she spent the next six months requiring follow-up surgeries, hospital stays, and at-home IV antibiotic treatments twice per day.

“I would do an infusion in the morning, come to work, then go home and do another transfusion,” she recounts.

With all of this, she pushed herself to get back to work by August — just a few months after surgery. She came to work when she could — probably more often than most would be able — and Seton stood beside her during that scary time for Maryam and her then-fiancé, now husband.

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Maryam today.

Her experience reinforced two things: The quality of care and the importance of giving.

“I recommend Seton to anyone for any kind of care,” she says. And she donates because, “I know what it’s like to be a patient. I know what they can do for you anywhere in the Seton network. I’m forever grateful.”

Maryam has given to Seton Cares almost every year since her scare seven years ago. She’s doing fine now, and is comforted knowing her money is helping the next patient fight their battle just like she did.

“I see what we do here,” she says, “and how that money does help people who can’t help themselves.”