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Our life was forever changed on 10/3/16. We thought Grace had a stomach virus and was not feeling well. After a very rough afternoon with her, we decided to take her to the ER in case she was dehydrated; something just did not seem right. Little did we know how quickly life would change. The ER staff was very helpful and thought she was suffering from a serious condition called ovarian torsion. Michael and I had to make the very difficult decision to let them do an exploratory surgery on our 5 year old to correct the situation.
During the surgery it was discovered that her abdominal cavity was full of blood and it looked like the source of it was her pancreas. She was moved in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and was diagnosed with Necrotizing Pancreatitis; her pancreas was hemorrhaging. She had xrays, cat scans, a feeding tube, and a picc line put in. The staff on that floor was amazing and answered every question that we had and some we didn't even know we had. She spent 5 long days and nights recovering.
Once she was stable they moved her to a regular room and was continued monitor her. Some days the activities and visitors (musicians, dogs) were the only reason that she smiled. She is one of the lucky one's who's condition stabilized and she was able to go home. There are others there who aren't as lucky as we are.
Every child deserves the chance to just be a kid. But for kids who are sick or injured, hospital visits and treatments can take time away from the activities that make being a kid so special.
That’s why I’m fundraising for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC – so that I can Give Kids A Chance To Be Kids!
Your support can help Children’s Hospital continue to give kids the chance they deserve, regardless of their ability to pay.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation to my page.
Thank you for your support as I Walk for Children’s!
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