Three years ago we lost triplets at twenty-two weeks. Three very much wanted and loved babies. They were each born weighing just over a pound and lived for three precious hours. That day changed me forever. Our hospital didn’t have the ability to care for a baby this small and we were offered only comfort care. Although I cherish the moments I had with my children without wires, tubes or monitors, I often still find myself wondering “what if” when I hear of other miracle stories of micro-premies surviving and doing well. We were given very little hope from our doctors. Thanks to amazing doctors at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the country, other families facing these devastating situations are given hope.
Whether they suffer from common childhood afflictions like asthma and broken bones, or fight bigger challenges like birth defects or cancer, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. To show support for the organization and the one in 10 kids in North America who are treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year, Walmart and Pampers have teamed up to donate $200,000 in the month of June.
Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation!
Information about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
- Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year
- One in 10 kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year
- Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms
- Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children
- U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012
Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Stories:
Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
Age 12 (as of 11/30/14)
Arriving three and a half months before her due date, Riley must have known she had important work to do in this world and was eager to get started.
Weighing a mere 1 pound 10 ounces, Riley’s future was uncertain from the beginning. Her parents had to wait an excruciating three weeks before they could hold their daughter for the first time. After heart surgery and 90 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, baby Riley was finally able to go home.
Today, Riley is living a full and healthy life. But she hasn’t forgotten the hospital that made it all possible — and even inspired her name. To show her appreciation, Riley has shared her story at 120 Dance Marathon events, inspiring local students to raise needed funds for her hospital, including support for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center, pediatric cancer research and a program that helps relieve and prevent patient suffering. She loves giving other kids the chance to get better.
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action
CMN Hospitals funds support research, medical equipment and charitable care efforts that benefit Riley and countless other kids.
Boston Children’s Hospital
Micro-preemie, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Stage 2 Kidney Disease
Age 6 (as of 11/30/14)
The scars on Matthew’s torso tell stories of many medical procedures, but he doesn’t remember any of them. He knows he was born tiny, weighing slightly more than a pound, and that his twin brother went straight to heaven. When kids ask about the marks he takes it in stride, simply telling them his kidneys were very sick when he was born and are still recovering.
Most micro-preemies face developmental delays, but Matthew is lucky. He has advanced verbal skills, is reading way above grade level and stays busy writing musicals for his friends to perform.
Matthew and his family are eternally grateful for the expert medical care they continue to receive at Boston Children’s Hospital. During those first few weeks, his moms remember being inspired by other families facing daily challenges with grace. They often say, “If you want to forget your own troubles, go have lunch at the cafeteria of a children’s hospital.”
CMN Hospitals Funds in Action
CMN Hospitals funds provided Matthew with NICU services, child life specialists, respiratory therapists and the compassionate use of a study drug, most of which would not otherwise have been available.
Share Your Story!
Do you have a personal journey with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? We’d love to hear your story! We recognize the journey for these families whether with a survivor or child lost too soon, the path is not easy.
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