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Children's Hospital has meant a great deal to me and my family over the years. I want to share this story from my daughter regarding our grandson August (Paraphrased)....
“August was born on Monday, September 30, 2013. While we were in the hospital August had started throwing up very small amounts of grass green vomit. As the week went on the vomiting increased in amount and violence. My husband and I knew something was wrong. We were in and out of the Dr.’s constantly and when we were not at the hospital we were on the phone with the Dr. and others trying to figure out what was wrong. Not a day went by where I did not end up in tears.
The worst night home was Sunday, he vomited more than he had up to that time. He would vomit and then I would feed him, trying to keep him hydrated and food down. As I was feeding him I just started sobbing, I thought maybe he had bad reflux and I was hurting him more. As I was sobbing and feeding him God met both of us in a special way. August for the first time reached his little hand up and grabbed my hand, it was as though he was saying, “I know you are trying to help me and I love you.” My heart leapt and the tears came on even harder.
The next morning we got him into the Dr. and for the first time he was starting to show signs of dehydration so we were rushed to the ER.
When we arrived at GHS Pediatric ER we were immediately seen..... During this process we were being told our little one was very sick and they were not sure what was going to happen. At this time the scariest moment came. While trying to get the IV in, August stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated..........
My husband stayed in the room as they were trying to resuscitate him, I stepped into the hallway and immediately dropped down and started praying. I begged God for mercy, if he had to take August that he would do it quickly and with no suffering but if it was his will to spare him. Thankfully they were able to stabilize him and immediately started prepping him for emergency surgery.
We walked with our little one to the OR and said our goodbyes as though it was the last time we would see him. For the first time my husband cried as we prayed over him. They opened the doors and took him in and we were aware of how helpless we were and how great our God was.
While he was in surgery we were being told all the possible things that could be wrong and they were all pretty grim. Our surgeon, Dr. Gates came in real quick before the surgery and said, “regardless of what I see when I go in, I will wait 24 hours to do corrective surgery if possible.” We asked him why and his response was this, “With this type of situation I never operate without giving the chance for a miracle to happen.” We were astounded.
Hours passed and then we got the phone call that he was out of surgery..........
Dr. Gates, the surgeon met with us and told us that it was a success, he could not have asked for a better outcome. August had a rare birth defect called Incomplete Annular Pancreas and by God’s grace it was 100% corrective through surgery. Not only was he going to live, but he would have a normal life.
We were taken back to see our sweet boy. He looked like he had been through war, tubes everywhere and bruising such as we had never seen on a baby before. It did not matter though, all we knew was he was alive and was going to be ok..........The hospital staff was also amazing.
The morning after his surgery one of The GHS ER nurses came up to see him and when she saw him she started crying. She said that she did not think he was going to make it. She shared with us that when she had gone home that night she could not sleep so she stayed up all night and prayed for our little one and that God would spare him. Later that morning a medical student came in and said that she had been unable to sleep that night, so she stayed up all night and prayed for him, a few minutes later one of the residents came in and said almost the exact same thing. We were humbled and amazed. Dr. Gates came in that afternoon and stood over August’s crib and said, “August God must have big plans for you.” Both of our parents were there and they thanked Dr. Gates for what he had done and his response was, “It was God who worked, he simply used these humble hands.” Once again, we were humbled and amazed at his humility and caring nature.
Our little one was a fighter from day one. Usually with his condition babies are operated on immediately after birth and he made it a whole week.........For right now all the Dr.’s say they plan to treat him as a normal baby. We will have regular visits with Dr. Gates for years to come as his body grows.
My husband and I would have never chosen to walk through this, but we would not change one thing.
I have had the privelidge and honor for two of sitting on the board of the Greenville Hospital System's Children's Hospital's Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy. It has been a great opportunity to give back to the Children's Hospital when they have given so much to my family, and give so much everyday to so many!
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