My daughter, Addie Hall, was born on January 11, 2017 at 25 weeks weighing one pound, two ounces. Doctors told us Addie’s vocal cords were partially paralyzed so she got a tracheostomy and one month later, we went home. I was so happy!
Then came May 31, 2017 and my life changed forever when her tracheostomy became blocked. She was put on a ventilator and during this time, she had a severe brain injury which resulted in Addie spending 109 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She was then transferred to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany where we found out Addie also has epilepsy, cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease.
Of course I was skeptical at first…new place, new faces, different routine. I soon realized just how much the staff was working to help her get stronger! The medical care, therapies, activities, specialists and education classes have allowed her to achieve milestones no one thought she could achieve. And all of this is done while keeping faith as a guiding principle. We are forever grateful and blessed to be part of this wonderful ministry.
As we celebrate National Nurses Week and Mother’s Day, I want to thank all the employees at The Children’s Center for loving my daughter and making sure I am okay when she is having a rough day. The friendships and bonds Addie and I have made will last a lifetime. Addie has changed my life and brought me joy. She is my hero and I love her more than my own life. I wish I could be as strong and brave as Addie.
It takes a special kind of person to take care of children, and even more special kind of person to take care of children with special health needs. We wouldn’t be where we are today without The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Please consider making a donation in honor of a special person in your life. All funds raised will provide critically needed medical assistance for children like Addie.