Here’s something you can do that’s going make you feel great. All day – December 5th and 6th and KISS-FM is helping out our friends at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital by raising money for the Kids of Central PA. Thank you for the support from our presenting sponsor Moff and Associates
Donations to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital help provide equipment, programs and services for children treated at the Children’s Hospital as well as Geisinger Pediatric Services throughout the state. It’s so important to become a ‘Miracle Maker’ by donating $20/month. Every dollar raised will stay local to help kids and families just like yours. Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital treats thousands of kids all over Central PA every year! No child is ever turned away regardless of their family’s ability to pay…. That’s why they need your help. Scroll down to meet our Featured Miracle Kids and their stories!
Aaron was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital with autoimmune encephalitis, a rare illness where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy brain cells. Aaron was in a coma-like state for some time and the illness caused damage to his brain that affected his speech and motor skills. Pediatric therapists helped him relearn how to walk and talk.
Martin was 2 years old when a high fever led to a trip to the emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center. In the hospital, he began having seizures. He was immediately admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where staff quickly determined he had bacterial meningitis. Martin’s infection caused multiple mini-strokes and led to profound hearing loss. Today, following cochlear implant surgery and speech therapy, Martin is a happy, energetic little boy and is living life to the fullest.
Savannah, 5, of Mill Hall was born too early and spent 2 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After being home, she stopped feeding and became very sick. She needed emergent surgery to correct a blockage in her bowels. Doctors found that she suffered from malrotation, when the bowels flip and twist, cutting off blood flow. She lost a large portion of her intestines and needed intravenous nutrition for a long period of time.
When Will of Lewisburg was 7 years old, he developed an earache that got increasingly worse. He was referred to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, where an MRI showed a large tumor in his head in close proximity to his eye, nose and ear. A biopsy revealed that it was Burkitt’s lymphoma. Following just two rounds of intense chemotherapy treatment, the tumor had shrunk by 90 percent. Will finished treatment and the 11-year-old is now cancer-free.
In the summer of 2016, Rylee Bond of Bloomsburg complained of having a bad headache. The pain was so severe that she was taken to a local community hospital. Doctors found a large bleed in her head and immediately had her transported by Life Flight® medical helicopter to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The neurosurgery team worked quickly to save Rylee’s life, placing a hose in her brain to drain dangerous levels of fluid and removing an abnormal tangle of blood vessels that had ruptured in her brain. Following a lengthy, and still ongoing, recovery process, Rylee is now back to her normal activities, including cheerleading.
Emma, 13, of Bloomsburg was born with CHARGE syndrome, which is a cluster of congenital defects affecting the heart, ears, eyes, nasal passages and more. Emma required multidisciplinary care and several surgeries to repair her heart defects. She had several long hospital stays for complex procedures, with serious complications that became life-or-death battles. Thanks to her amazing family and innovative procedures, Emma is doing very well.
Saige had testing with Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital gastroenterology specialists who determined she had Crohn’s disease. She was also having horrible headaches that caused her to vomit. An MRI revealed that she had Chiari malformation. Following surgery to correct the malformation and ongoing infusion therapy for the Crohn’s, Saige is now feeling healthy.
Before birth, Carter M., 8, of Mount Carmel was diagnosed with a heart defect, causing the right pumping chamber of his heart to be underdeveloped. As a result, his heart could not properly oxygenate blood for his body, causing him to look bluish in color. He needed three surgeries to correct the problem -- the first only a few days after birth, the second at 5 months old and the last at 3 years old. Now with a pinkish complexion and good oxygen levels throughout his body, Carter is active, growing and enjoying time in school. State-of-the-art machines used to test Carter’s heart function were funded through generous donations from the community. Donations were also used in the creation of the pediatric catheterization lab at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, where Carter was routinely examined.
Tessa was born with brittle bone syndrome. She was treated by Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital orthopaedic specialists. Her mom found treatment that could strengthen her bones, but the infusions are only offered at a few medical centers on the East Coast. Her pediatrician at Geisinger Gray’s Woods helped coordinate the care to allow her to get the treatments.
From the heart, thank you so much for caring!
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