Stories

 

Meet Our 2013 Miracle Kids

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A Each year, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals selects amazing children to represent the patients who are treated at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger and they are known as the Miracle Kids. The courage that these children possess is inspiring and the personal strides that they have made are worthy of recognition.

Click here to meet these inspiring kids.


Back in the Saddle

Greer and dad Greg at the hospital
Meet Greer Cofield, our 2013 Tennessee Children's Miracle Network Champion
Surviving such a devastating trauma, surgery and recovery, it is undeniable that Greer experienced a miracle. In October, at just five-years-old, Greer was struck on the right side of her skull and face by a charging horse. 

Read more about Greer's amazing and miraculous recovery.


ASK ME WHY I RUN

Claudia, Bill, Elizabeth, Connor and LucaSeveral runners, novice and beginner, tie up their shoelaces and hit the pavement every year to run on behalf of Children's Hospital at Erlanger as part of a group called Miracle Team, and they want you to join them! Whether it's a mile or a marathon, you can go the extra mile and run for Children's Hospital Foundation.

 

Click here to read the stories of why Miracle Team members run for Children's Hospital.


A PASTOR TO THE PASTOR-LESS  Luke Heibel

"Because Erlanger does so much indigent care, we see people without financial, family or spiritual support. I am often a pastor to the pastor-less. It is also common to encounter people who are seeking to grow their spiritual lives but don't know where to begin or where to go for help" - Luke Heibel, Chaplain at Erlanger Health System

Click here to read Luke's reflections on being a clinical chaplain, and to learn what you can do to advance Pastoral Care at Erlanger.


A race well run

ChristianA mother remembers her daughter's final race "We hope that we can honor Christian's memory and make things better for children in our community and region by giving back to the hospital that delivered exceptional care to Christian the last year of her life." - Robyn Bryant, Christian's mother.

Click here to read the full story of Christian's final race at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.


Becoming A Family  Karlie, Matt and Mackenzie

Erlanger turns a nightmare birth experience into a happy ending for one local family. "There was a window," Irene [Karlie's mother] recalls, "She [Karlie] looked gone. Then they brought the baby [Mackenzie] out. She looked pink. She looked great. She was chunky. I said to Matt [Karlie's fiance and Mackenzie's dad], 'We will raise this baby together'."

Click here to read the full story of Karlie and Mackenzie's recovery and their journey to becoming a family.


Brenden Brower-Freeman  

While being treated for cancer at T.C. Thompson, Brenden suffered a life-threatening stroke.  "We were so thankful we were here,” said Rhonda, Brenden's mom. “Erlanger is one of only a few hospitals with a stroke center that performs the procedure we believed saved Brenden's life. Without their training and technology, we don't know what the outcome would have been.”

Read more about Brenden's remarkable recovery from stroke and cancer.


Honoring Caregivers  The Rucker's family

After their daughters Kate and Annie spent 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Erlanger, Stephen and Jaclyn Rucker decided to to make a donation to the Children's Hospital Foundation in honor of several members of the NICU staff.

Read more about the Rucker's story and the care champion program.


A miracle in the field  

When LIFE FORCE flight paramedic and Chattanooga SWAT volunteer medic Glenn Susskind walked through what was left of Apison, Tenn., armed with a chain saw, he had little hope of finding anyone alive. Then he came across something remarkable. Pushed up next to a big tree underneath low-lying power lines was 8-year-old Andrew Ellis, and he was alive.

Click here to read the story of our 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for the State of Tennessee, Andrew Ellis.


GIVING BACK  

Gracious for the care they received at Children's Hospital, one local family decided to celebrate their daughter's miraculous journey to her first birthday by asking others to make more miracles happen.

Read more about what the Eady's did to give back for Wynn's birthday.


Meet our CMN 2012 Miracle Kids  

Each year, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals selects amazing children to represent the patients who are treated at the Children's Hospital at Erlanger and they are known as the Miracle Kids. The courage that these children possess is inspiring and the personal strides that they have made are worthy of recognition.

Click here to meet these inspiring kids.


fran zumbrunn

As soon as Fran arrived at the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, located within the Emergency Department on the Erlanger Baroness Campus, Erlanger’s team of stroke specialists immediately set to work. They soon discovered a blood clot had formed in Fran’s brain, causing a massive stroke.

Click here to read Fran's story.


Kennedy Griffith 

Jasper, TN

On December 18, 2012, Kennedy "the Warrior" Griffith won her battle against cancer and went home to heaven. 

Read Kennedy's story about her battle with cancer, written August 2011.

Read the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals blog post about Kennedy.


The Glovers

Chattanooga, TN

Thank God I was at Erlanger because another hospital may have been able to save me, but they may not have been able to care for our baby being born at 33 weeks.

Click here to learn how Erlanger helped care for the Glover Family.


Jonathon and Wendy Ransom

Chattanooga, TN

She's not here for me to tie ribbons in her hair and send her to school, but if I can say we're giving this Pediatric CT Scanner in memory of Emily Ransom, it's the most I can give back to Emily for all she's given to us.

Click here to read the Ransom's story.


John Davis

Peachtree City, GA

I felt like I should give back to Erlanger because of what they gave to me. They gave me my life back. Without Dr. Devlin and God's blessing I wouldn't be here today.

Click here to read John's story.


Tommie Burchard

Admitting and Registration Supervisor, Erlanger Bledsoe

Today, my granddaughter (who began in the NICU) is a big girl in school. She's bright and full of life. I give so other kids can have the same care.

Click here to read Tommie's story.