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Grey's Anatomy, Season 7Edit
She was first brought to the hospital as one of the children who were to recieve surgeries as part of Alex Karev's plan to improve his chances of being chosen as the new Chief Resident. Derek would operate on Zola to help with her spina bifida. Derek became attached to Zola after she stopped crying because he adjusted her head position to relieve the cerebrospinal fluids pressure on her brain as he cradled her.
Grey's Anatomy, Season 8Edit
Derek and Meredith's adoption of Zola is jeopardised when Meredith alters Derek's Alzheimers trial to make sure Adele Webber would not recieve a placebo. However, Alex (feeling guilty over being the one to report Meredith's alterations), speaks to the adoption officer in an attempt to aid their adoption.
Due to Meredith lying to the social worker about being fired from her job and about her marital status with Derek, Zola was taken into foster care.
During her time in foster care, Zola ended up in the hospital after her shunt malfunctioned, causing an intestinal blockage which required surgery.
Later, Derek and Meredith got a court hearing to regain custody of Zola, but then the social worker told them the hearing was canceled, making them think they were not going to get custody of Zola, but the next morning, the social worker brought Zola back to Derek & Meredith, telling them that they had full custody of her.
Grey's Anatomy, Season 9Edit
Grey's Anatomy, Season 10Edit
Grey's Anatomy, Season 11Edit
After Derek's death, Zola temporarily lived in San Diego with Meredith and Bailey. Meredith was pregnant with a new baby. Around the time of the baby's due date, Meredith's water broke on the kitchen floor & she went into labor. She ended up suffering from a placental abruption, causing her to bleed.
Zola noticed her mother bleeding and Meredith told her to call 911. Meredith was taken to the hospital and delivered a baby girl named Ellis.