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Friday, May 31, 2013

Her times of crisis with sickle cell disease could have been frightening for Caitlyn Buckman of Winterville. Yet the staff at Vidant Children’s Hospital comforted and reassured her and always were ready to treat the pain, fever or discomfort it caused, said her mother, Agnes Buckman.

Now that Caitlyn, 8, is better, thanks to a cord blood transplant, her mother is thankful for the staff’s expertise in treating this chronic disease.

“Vidant Children’s Hospital has been a backbone for everything,” Agnes Buckman said. “The physicians, the nurses, the child life staff all chipped in and helped, every time we were there.”

Caitlyn will take part in the 2013 Celebration Broadcast today and Sunday on WITN. She is among the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Children whose recovery from serious injury or illness spreads hope to families throughout eastern North Carolina.

The theme of this year’s Celebration Broadcast is “A Promise Fulfilled,” which shows the shared excitement about opening the two-story children’s hospital addition. The project brings a new level of care to the region. A gift from James and Connie Maynard, along with public contributions, made the children’s hospital addition possible.

Official ribbon-cutting events for the new hospital addition will take place in June.

This year’s miracle children, in addition to Caitlyn, are Lucas Moore, 9, of Bear Grass, who is this year’s poster child; Ayden Egan, 9, of Goldsboro, and Jeremiah Williford, 2, of Ahoskie. Miracle teens are Glenn “Cort” Poole, 18, of Havelock and Hugo Rubirosa, 18, of Swansboro.

“This opening of the new children’s hospital addition is huge for Greenville,” Dr. Ronald M. Perkin, James and Connie Maynard Distinguished Professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine, said.

Perkin also is co-medical director at Vidant Children’s Hospital.

“It represents the commitment of our community to children, and it also shows how dedicated Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is to raising the funds to help make it happen, and to all the individual donors who contributed,” he said. “This hospital will help us better meet the needs of the sickest children in eastern North Carolina.”

The addition means saving more lives than ever, according to Laura Lee Potter, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program director.

“It is so exciting for us and for everyone who cares about kids in eastern North Carolina,” Potter said. “Families depend on Vidant Children’s Hospital for care, and for the programs that keep our kids healthy.”

“It is a wonderful time for everyone at our hospital, knowing that thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can keep our promise by providing excellent medical care, close to home.” she said.

via The Daily Reflector.


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