Grateful Parents - Courtney Stepp
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Christmas Eve 1983 we arrived into Emergency with our 6
month old infant who had a high fever. A very professional
and competent doctor gently took Courtney from us and
immediately began caring for her. I don't remember his name
but remember what he was wearing.
After examining her and ordering the appropriate tests, he
informed us that we had a very sick child who would be
admitted. With care and compassion he told us of the
potential outcome- Courtney could be disabled with any degree
of mental retardation, be blind, deaf, etc. We later found
out that he offered his services in the emergency room on
holidays such as Christmas so other doctors could enjoy the
holiday with their families.
We appreciated the care and compassion, respect and
understanding of the staff at Children's, as well as the
Guild. Christmas morning we were blessed with a shopping bag
of items as well as Courtney's 1st Santa picture. Courtney
was developing normally for a child her age when meningitis
caught her. Therapists (Occupational/Physical/Speech)
observed Courtney to determine possible disabilities. The
audiologist determined that fluid behind the ear drums was
the cause of her hearing loss beginning years of ENT's, ear
tubes and speech therapy which was done so lovingly by Nancy
and others. There were times I actually felt guilty coming
into Children's with Courtney who could run, jump, talk,
laugh, unlike many of the children we came in contact
The information, care and encouragement given us by the
staff at Children's enabled us to get the care our daughter
needed through the years. Courtney has matured and grown into
a confident, competent young woman, on the brink of an
elementary teaching career.
Janice M. Stepp
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Children's was (and is) a place of compassion and
understading for us in a time of need. When we brought our
infant into the ER, we were fearful of the potential outcome.
Our experience led us to some very positive people who were
passionate about their jobs with children and families. For
this we are greatful. We have shared our story with others
and graciously tell all parents that Children's is
"the place to be" when, and if, you must have
medical attention for your child that reaches beyond the
scope of your family pediatrician/doctor. We are glad you
were there for us.