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At age 4 Â½ our son Daniel fell from his second story
bedroom window on July 5, 2005, and sustained a serious head
injury. After spending 9 days at Mary Bridge Children's
Hospital, when medically stable he was transferred to
Children's to continue his rehabilitation. Daniel spent two
weeks at Children's receiving in-patient physical,
occupational and speech therapy. When we arrived at
Children's, Daniel was not speaking and had very little use
of his right hand and arm. We knew that Daniel's mind was
strong and processing everything around him, but his little
body had not yet healed from the trauma.
Our experience at Children's was - in one word - AMAZING!
From the moment we entered the door and saw Daniel's first
smile since the accident we knew that we were in a special
place (Daniel smiled when he saw the elephant sculpture in
the wonderful Giraffe wing). The nurses in the rehab unit
were so welcoming, professional and caring. Our son was also
treated by the most wonderful therapists and physicians. Miss
Christie, PT, Miss Betsy, OT and Miss Karen, SLP and others
helped Daniel to get better so quickly. Within a few days,
Daniel began to speak and each day his arm and hand became
stronger. His therapy sessions were just play to him because
the therapists are so good at what they do. Our whole family
was treated so well by hospital staff. By the time we left
Children's, Daniel was discharged from PT and Speech Therapy
because his functioning had returned to normal in those
areas. He continued to get some outpatient Occupational
Therapy but is now mostly recovered in that area as well.
Daniel has returned to Children's a few times since his
discharge including a minor throat surgery in December, 2005
to remove a growth on his vocal chord. He looks forward to
these trips because his memories of his time at Children's
are so good. Thanks to the wonderful Children's staff, we
have a healthy, happy five year old who just started
Kindergarten this fall.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Children's will always hold a special place in our hearts
and our family will never forget the time that we spent
there. Never again will we take for granted the fact that we
have some of the best medical care on the planet for children
in our region. The love and work of Children's staff helped
our son to recover and for that we will be eternally