When young kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, many will say a “ballerina” or a “police officer.” However, wish kid Gabby knew from a young age that she wanted to be a doctor, helping young patients who have life-threatening heart conditions like hers.
Gabby, 14, from Factoryville, PA, also knew exactly what she wanted to wish for -- to be a Harvard Medical School student.
“My wish was inspired by my past medical problems,” Gabby, who is diagnosed with Shone’s syndrome, a rare congenital heart disease, told FoxNews.com. “When I went to Boston for surgeries, we’d pass by Harvard and I’d say, ‘Daddy, I’m going to go there when I’m older.’”
Once Gabby stepped on campus, she was transformed into a Harvard Medical School student in a week-long program – with “orientation” on Monday and “graduation” on Friday. During her wish week, she was able to spend time with HMS (Harvard Med School) students, professors, and staff, as well as famous researchers, shadow med school students while on their patient rounds, attend seminars and classes, tour all of the schools and hospitals, work with multi-billion dollar medical machinery and telescopes, and much more.
One of the highlights of her wish was viewing an open heart surgery on an infant from a monitor in the operating room, which reaffirmed her dream to be a doctor.
At the end of the week, Harvard held a special graduation and white coat ceremony for this special wish kid. Gabby was presented with a honorary certificate of accomplishment by school administrators, including Dr. Robert Kitts, a clinical instructor at HMS.
After her week of being a Harvard medical student, Gabby not only came home with tons of memorabilia, but with many special memories of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She told Fox News that the week “just makes me want to work 10 times harder in school. It changed my attitude and outlook.”