Thanks to P&G for making this post possible. All opinions are my own.
There is nothing quite like the feelings that roll over a mother when she has to watch a surgery team wheel her baby down the hall, and away from her, for surgery. When Mister was just ten months old, he had to have surgery to have bilatateral nasolacrimal stints, bilateral ear tubes, and a right inguinal hernia repair. My little guy was getting worked over by the surgical team! Allowing him to be placed under anesthesia was nerve wracking. Knowing that three surgeons would be working on him was mind boggling. Knowing that all three surgeons had reworked their entire surgery schedules so that my little guy only had to go under anesthesia once, instead of three times, was heart working. That’s the heart of a Children’s Miracle Network hospital, though. They are at heart hospitals helping kids. By helping kids, they are also helping us parents.
Mister has had quite a few surgeries since that day, most recently in February. We’d hoped to replace his ear tubes, which we thought were blocked, in effort to improve his hearing.
Unfortunately, his ear canals had actually scarred closed, so the surgeon was unable to place the tubes. As the surgeon informed me that he was unable to do the procedure as planned, he literally wept and apologized as he hugged me. Now we are exploring our options, and another surgery looms in our future.
Watching my son be wheeled away to surgery has never gotten easier. I do, however, find comfort in knowing just how much our surgeons actually care for my son, and in turn care for our family.
10 millions kids, many like my son, are treated in Children’s Miracle Network hospitals yearly. Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 2329 children for surgery in addition to the 16,000 kids they treat for trauma, nearly 1000 for Diabetes, over 2000 for cancer, and nearly 1000 babies in the NICU. Every day.
It’s staggering to think about, isn’t it? With numbers like that, what can we possibly do to help?
Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to CMNH in June of 2015, and you can help by purchasing Pampers products at Walmart and supporting the Children’s Miracle Network.
Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation.
- 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
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