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The other day, I was preparing our kids’ old items for a consignment sale. As I sorted through things that we don’t use anymore, my eyes landed on our old diaper bag. We recently became a diaper-free household and simplified our go-bag with tissues, bandages, and a fresh outfit for each child. It’s time for our beloved diaper bag to go to a new family. Emptying its contents was like being transported to a different life. With each item, I was taken to different hospital rooms and medical offices.
How a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Saved My Son’s Life
When C was two years old, we rushed him to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, where he was admitted and received a feeding tube. His official diagnosis at that time was failure to thrive. He went through, “refeeding,” or reintroduction of calories and nutrients, via a NG tube that delivered formula to his stomach through his nose. We witnessed our little boy come back to us as he received the nutrition that his body needed for growth and energy. His curiosity returned and his personality shined.
Two weeks later, we returned to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for C’s g-tube placement surgery. A g-tube is a feeding tube that is placed directly into the stomach. The medical professionals at our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital made the experience easier on all of us. C was happier without the NG tube taped to his face!
C saw many specialists in the months (and years!) to follow. He is diagnosed with delayed gastric emptying, sensory processing disorder and autism. Today, he is a thriving five-year-old boy with a mischievous smile and zest for life. I hate to think what life would have been like had we not found help at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He still uses his g-tube daily and may or may not need it forever.
Here’s How You Can Help!
Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment. You can join your community in donating to your local children’s hospital at a Walmart or Sam’s Club near you! Every dollar raised when you donate at your local Walmart or Sam’s Club checkout goes directly to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and helping families like ours. Your donations help provide the best care for these children and help make miracles happen!
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