Bryleigh Mae

This past July will be one that Amanda will never forget. A time full of fun and sun ended up taking a dramatic turn. Amanda’s daughter, Bryleigh Mae had come out of her float and was unconscious in the pool. There was no breath, no pulse and she looked almost black because she was so…

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Aidan

After returning from a family fishing trip, Aidan noticed swelling in his neck. After a trip to his pediatrician, they were sent home with antibiotics and were on the path to recovery, or so they thought.  Aidan progressively got worse and was transferred to Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon.  Doctors immediately…

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Lizzie

One of the tallest students in her pre-K class, it is difficult to believe that Lizzie was born at 23 weeks gestation. “The day I turned 23 weeks, she came. I didn’t know I was having her and the doctors didn’t know because she was so tiny,” Mary Kate said. Weighing in at only one…

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Taylor

In July 2012, 11-year-old Taylor confronted a startling reality when she was diagnosed with wild-type gastrointestinal stroll tumor (GIST), an exceptionally rare cancer of the digestive system for which there is currently no effective chemotherapy treatment. “Taylor had become very pale and thin, and she had no energy,” says Kelly, Taylor’s mother. Taylor was diagnosed…

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Hope

Tenisha and Quintin Moore were excitedly anticipating the birth of twins in the spring of 2015, but received an unexpected surprise when Tenisha went into labor at Christmas time. “I thought it was a normal Christmas, and that I was just having Braxton-Hicks contractions. I said, ‘well, I’ll go get checked out so I can…

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Jael

When four-year-old Jael was 18 months old, she contracted the flu. While caring for her daughter, Chamekia Wallace noticed a symptom that is not typically associated with the flu. “Her mouth just became really mushy on the inside,” said Chamekia, “so I took her to the emergency room in Dublin, and we realized that her…

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Mason

In 2016, Mason began running low-grade fevers off and on. By the end of March, his hemoglobin was below normal. Normal levels are at twelve, but Mason’s was below five. This was a major red flag for Mason’s pediatrician, and he immediately sent Mason to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. “By the…

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Cassidy

Cassidy had a bad cough. She had seen many doctors and had even been put on allergy medications. One Friday night, December 4, 2015 Cassidy was taken to the Emergency Room. The Blankenships thought for sure it would be pneumonia and that the X-ray would prove such. The Blankenships were taken into a room where…

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Wyatt

Wyatt was sick with pneumonia at 15 months old. His local hospital didn’t have the resources to care for him so they rushed him by ambulance to Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. “Until you need the Children’s Hospital, you don’t understand how important it is to have this here for the children,” said Laura Turner, Wyatt’s…

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Dane

In February 2014, Dane had his first seizure. Not knowing what was causing his seizures, Dane was sent to his local hospital. He was then immediately transferred to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health and within a day Dane was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency. Dane’s body does not produce cortisol. Cortisol regulates your…

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