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I have grown up here over the years
March 14, 2013
I am a Driscoll Children's Hospital employee and have been working there the majority of the last 12 to 13 years. I always heard stories from my mom that I was a patient there when I was a newborn in April 1975. I was born six weeks early at a hospital on Weber Road in Corpus Christi and was about to get discharged when the pediatrician noticed something strange about me and decided to send me to Driscoll. I spent seven days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and three days across the hall preparing to go home, according to my mom. I have a chest-tube scar on my upper left chest to prove it.
I have basically grown up here and have learned a lot of difficult life lessons over the years. A few years back I decided to inquire about my records. After following all of the necessary steps, I was able to look at my records on microfiche. I thumbed through them and was able to read nurses' notes. I discovered that one of the nurses who took care of me was the wife of one of my coaches from junior high and high school. It's a small world. This coach made a huge, positive impact on me at a complicated stage in my life and it was really cool to see that his wife had taken care of me as a newborn.
It is safe to say that Driscoll Children's Hospital is very important to me and I am honored to be an employee. Thank you, Driscoll Children's Hospital, for what you do. It is quite possible that I would not be here today if not for you.
Submitted by: Jeffrey, Corpus Christi, TX
The comfort and support we received at Driscoll Children's Hospital has never left our hearts
March 14, 2013
Not a moment goes by that I don't think about our beautiful Brianne. Brianne was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It was a term that I had never heard. When I found out about her diagnosis and she was taken from my arms a few hours after birth and flown to Driscoll Children's Hospital, I was disoriented and felt like my world had flipped upside down. I wasn't able to fly with her and had to go home, pack for us and drive two hours to a place I hadn't heard of. I reached the hospital expecting the worst: A cold, eerie hospital filled with sadness and discomfort. Instead, I was greeted with concern and respect. It felt so warm and inviting and I felt a sense of relief.
Through Brianne's whole ordeal, we were given the opportunity to bond with our baby, and the care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was remarkable. The chaplain was a true help to us as we leaned on our faith for support, too. The doctors were very well respected and we loved the comfort and care they showed in trying to save our daughter's life. Because of all their efforts and compassion we are truly in appreciation to this wonderful facility and unit.
It's been 13 years since we last saw our beautiful daughter Brianne Nicole but the comfort and support we received at Driscoll Children's Hospital has never left our hearts. This place was the only home she knew and would ever see, and it was a home full of love, caring and compassion. Although we were only there for 10 days, Driscoll made an impact in our lives that we can never fully thank them for. This hospital is truly a blessing for children and their families who need to be in their care. Thank You, Driscoll Children's Hospital.
Submitted by: The family of Brianne Nicole, Weslaco, TX
Nurses and doctors have forever changed our lives
February 20, 2013
Jailynn was born with a life-threatening heart condition known as pulmonary stenosis. Hours after her birth, she was flown to Driscoll Children's Hospital, where she had her first open-heart surgery at 4 days old. We met the most wonderful nurses and doctors who have forever changed our lives by saving our little miracle! Jailynn has had a total of three open heart surgeries at Driscoll and several heart catheterizations, including a melody valve placement, a fairly new procedure that has helped save her life! We are forever grateful!
Submitted by: Denisse and Juan, Edinburg, TX
I am a survivor of cancer. It can be beat.
February 20, 2013
My name is Katie. I am 29 years old and have been in remission since I was 9. I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old and went through two years of chemotherapy and treatment. I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which if I remember correctly, was the most treatable. We lived about an hour and a half away from Driscoll but I remember the drives to the hospital for the overnight stays for chemotherapy. I absolutely loved my activity director who made the stays so much easier. I got to be on the news and meet Joe Gazin, which was a highlight for me at that age! I don't know really know what else to say except hope and pray. I am a mother now of a 4-year-old beautiful little girl. I am a survivor of cancer. It can be beat.
Submitted by: Katie, Tyler, TX
Thanks to those angels who took care of my miracle baby
February 20, 2013
Adam was a 24-week baby who had to be born on December 30, 2007, with a weight of 1 pound and 14 ounces; his due date was April 11, 2008. He was admitted to Driscoll four days after he was born due to a surgery he needed in his heart, a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure, but he also had a brain hemorrhage level four. There was a good chance that he wasn't going to be able to walk, talk or eat by himself. It was also a possibility that he was going to be blind and have cerebral palsy.
After seven surgeries, and to this day, he walks and eats by himself and he is not blind. He does have a developmental delay, but he has achieved a lot since his discharge from Driscoll in May 2008. Thanks to all those angels who took care of my baby. He is now 5 years old and he is very smart. He is my miracle baby, and Driscoll Children's Hospital is an expert in caring for all their little miracles.
Submitted by: Teresa, Brownsville, TX