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When four-month-old Haevyn Stoddard's heart began to fail, doctors put her on a heart-lung machine. When that wasn't enough to sustain her, a new transport service offered at St. Louis Children's Hospital served as her lifeline.
During the one-month-old's transport from Alton Memorial to St. Louis Children's Hospital, there were several times when Cam’s breathing slowed and even stopped. The team of pediatric nurses and paramedics gave him breathing treatments and kept him stable for the 40 mile trip.
To give him more control over the situation, I let him make some choices—whether he would walk to the MICU or lie on a stretcher and who would sit where during the transport. The trip went smoothly. As he tearfully walked inside, I noticed that he didn’t have any shoes on. Because he didn’t own any.
Some of our missions are about being at the right place at the right time, but sometimes it’s about just getting to the right place at all. Our MICUs are an incredibly important part of our team. They enable us to reach and treat kids like Jake, no matter where they are, no matter what the situation.
Erin Mazzola remembers looking at a clock right before she, her husband Nick, and their daughter Abigail left an area hospital. Ten minutes later they arrived at St. Louis Children's Hospital, after a brief ride that was the beginning of what she calls a life-changing experience.
We picked up George on December 24 at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The 14-year-old had Influenza A and it had done significant damage to his heart, reducing his circulation, threatening the health of his extremities and affecting his kidneys.