In the summer of 2000, Bobby was enjoying the summer day like any other teenager. He was swimming at a neighbor’s pool when suddenly he slipped, fell into the pool and broke his neck. Bobby was a patient at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for 2½ months. His parents didn’t know if he’d ever walk or even breathe on his own. Bobby didn’t give up and walked out of the Hospital.
When Hunter was born, he was perfect in every way except for a heart defect - a condition corrected through surgery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. He was one of the first patients to go through a special pediatric heart surgery program in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of WI. CMN funded some of the surgical instruments. Now Hunter is truly their perfect child - who just happens to have Down syndrome.
Jesi’s mother has been raising money for CMN for many years through the Wausau Wal-Mart store, but she was raising money to help other children - not her own. Then on December 1, 1999, her daughter, Jesi, was diagnosed with Stage Four Hodgkin’s Disease. Now Wal-Mart Store #2127 has a whole new reason for raising money for CMN.
When you hear about a premature baby, you often think of an infant born 1-2 months early. Imagine having a baby born four months early. Lizzy could not wait to be born and on November 15, 1997 she came into the world weighing 1 lb.
3 ½ ounces. Her weight went as low as 13 ounces. After a difficult start and spending months in the NICU at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Lizzy now keeps up with her 2 sisters and brother.
On November 4, 1999 Matthew collapsed on the playground at school. Five weeks later it was determined that Matthew had had a cerebral artery aneurysm, causing bleeding in his brain. Matthew was initially transferred and stabilized at Wausau Hospital, then airlifted to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, where his 3½-month journey back to life began.