tv FOX 29 News Special Childrens Miracle Network FOX November 23, 2017 10:30pm-11:01pm EST
♪ >> precious faces, big smiles. sometimes hiding the pain, sometimes masking the fear. other times, those faces, those smiles, celebrate the victories, celebrate life. and for their families, their doctors and their nurse is it is all about making miracles happen. good evening, welcome to our special, look at how children's miracle network of hospitals helps sick kid, every day. i'm iain page. we will begin with the special reunion, triplets born premature one of the babies in the hospital for months, and with severe chronic lung disease. now, three years later, all of them are back at children's hospital of philadelphia to mark their progress. here's fox's dawn timmeney. >> there you go.
>> reporter: elie, riley and maddie are having a ball at playroom of children's hospital of philadelphia these identical triplets have come a long way, since being in the n icu at chop almost three years ago. born 12 weeks premature the youngest maddie was in grave condition. hospitalized here for months on end, with severe chronic lung disease. >> it was a long journey. she was in the nicu for 319 days. >> reporter: mom, brooke, would visit maddie every single day with the other two babies in toe. maddie was finally released a month were her first birthday but she would be in and out of the hospital for the next two years, proving though to be quite a fighter. >> you can just see it, how much healthier she's getting because every year it is less and less hospital visits. >> reporter: returning to chop with her family for the second annual chronic lung disease re union, doctors and nurse whose cared for this very sick , tiny baby, just can't believe maddie's progress. >> this was amaze to go me.
she for a long time we really debated whether she needed long term respiratory support, whether we need to put a tracheotomy in because we worried about the way that she was breathing. now look at her, she's so much better. >> reporter: maddie is developmentally delayed after being in the hospital for so long, just learning how to crawl was a huge milestone. she didn't walk until she was three. and it was, cause for celebration. >> it was the happiest days of our life just to see her moving, her little legs, and every achievement that she has is, it is not just like somethin that came easy to her but it is something that she work really hard to get. >> reporter: maddie is definitely a cutie, curious, out going and happy to give me a big hug hello. >> she has kept up with her sister and sticks up for herself. i think, it is, events she had made her stronger. >> her outcome is really one
of the best side that we can be expecting. i think that she will be just fine. >> reporter: maddie's two sisters are also providing their own magic touch as she watches and tries to emulate them. even the top doctors at chop attribute some of maddie's progress to her loving, supporting side kicks. any parent who has ever had a new born in the icu, knows the pain of having to go home at night and leave your baby in someone elses care. but at children's health care of atlanta and scottish right the nicu babies are cradled ape loved by a 28 year-old volunteer, they called david dutchman a icu grand pop. and beth galvin and eli gordon followed along as he work his magic. >> hey, how are you. angel. >> yes, angel. >> hey, close your eyes and i'll kiss you, and tommy will miss you. you just like being in someone 's arms, don't you.
>> it is clear angel's answer is yes, and david dutchman snuggles this tiny triplets against his chest. >> of course, younger they are , they need that sense of touch, you know, security of being snuggled. >> that is what this retired marketing executive has been doing for last 12 years snug gling babies in the children's health care of atlanta scottish right neonatal icu. >> very peaceful, very reward to go me. >> reporter: back in the early days he says they would wait until the baby's cried to pick them up. >> there has been so many studies done in the last decade showing how much babies thrive, from being held. it is very important to be held. >> reporter: most of these babies were born early with complications that require around the clock intensive nursing care. so their parents, just can't bring them home and they cannot be with them all the time. that is where icu grand pop fills in the gaps looking for new borns who need him.
>> hi, buddy. >> my guy friend can't believe do i that. i said i do it because sometimes i get puked on, pied on, it is fabulous, you know. i mean why wouldn't i love it, you know. >> reporter: in their corner of the nicu, philip and tiffany understand their first child paxson was born at 23 weeks weighing 1 pound, 10- ounces back in april. and, every day since then, they have savored every moment with paxson, and then gone home, without him. >> honestly i just can't even describe and put into word to leave our son every single day you know, it has been six months. >> reporter: that need keeps icu grand pop coming back here >> he has a good heart and baby's feel that i believe. i necessity for sure paxson, he knows different peoples spirits. >> you will go to sleep now. you will be on television. >> reporter: later this week david will celebrate turning 83, just as the family pray they will finally be able to bring their baby home. >> i know that morning i'm just going to be praying the
entire time on the way to the hospital. thanking god, you know, for every moment, every experience that we have had here. >> do you want this? there you go. >> reporter: when it is time for him to head home after a shift, david dutchman will leave children's health care. >> gratified that difficult something worthwhile today. this is a good day. i held a baby. >> ♪ remember i'll always be true ♪ >> it was a good day. >> beth galvin for the fox medical team. remember erin and abby, conjoined twins who came to chop from north carolina back in june to be separated by doctors. well, a 10 month-old were joined at top of their head. it took a team of 30 surgeons and nurses 11 hours to separate the sisters. now, several months later the girls are doing well, but they still have a long way to go. >> they are such happy, content little girls for what they have gone through. they have never lived outside hospital walls. and they are still, happy, they are not afraid of people. it is just, amaze to go see
that they are so brave through all of this. >> recently erin was discharged from the hospital, abby's still there. her treatment is still on going. still ahead family's excitement turns to fear as they found out their baby boy would be born with a heart defect. that is when a team of doctors stepped into heel colton's heart. super heroes sure can bring smiles to sick kid faces , that story when this making miracles happen special
well, long hospital stays are tough for kid but now a super hero and his friends are hospital heroes. they are helping to uplift spirits, kelly ring has our story from st. petersberg, florida. >> which color did you pick out. >> reporter: michael dresses like a super hero, to cokes a few smiles at johns-hopkins all children's hospital. >> will you keep that, give to it mommy. >> reporter: michael volunteers his team to visit kid in the hospital as founder of the life smiles project. >> and then what is his name. >> reporter: he set a loft i goal. >> 10 million smiles and not one less, this was a start.
today's start of the 10 million smiles. >> take one out. >> reporter: michael and his group of volunteer artists provide fun, creative experiences, for these pint sized patients. >> she has had fun coming here and getting to escape from the hospital room. >> trying to give them a distraction away from some of the situations that they are going through. >> reporter: they bring coloring books, to help break up the boring, hospital stays. >> it is definitely made her happy, having something like this come to. >> what is his name. >> reporter: bringing laughter and joy. >> that is all we want to do is put smiles on the face of children and make sure they have a great time. >> reporter: that is definitely something to smile about. >> well, michael does this twice a week and hopes to spread his life smiles project , throughout the country. the excitement over welcoming a new baby in the world is sometimes overwhelming but can you imagine the feeling of hearing the news while still in the womb that your baby has a devastating heart condition? excitement turns to fear, and that is when two texas teachers turned to their area children's hospital.
here's fox ann little from austin. >> reporter: before little colton was born his mom and dad knew he would be a fighter >> we knew that there was something in the heart but they were not seeing. >> reporter: when erin was 32 weeks pregnant she went to see a specialist. colton was, diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. >> really, overwhelming that day, it really, i remember that day vividly, anytime you have a diagnosis. >> anytime you have a diagnosis for your child it breaks your heart you go through grief because your perfect little gem has some imperfection. >> reporter: doctor camille hancock freesonnies one of the colton's doctors, medical director and medical director at dell children's medical center. >> the problem is that part of the muscle in the heart, underneath, the pulmonary volume very never grew properly. >> much better picture. >> it is hard when you have such an innocent little being that you are charged with caring for, so you have to get to that point where you can
just extend the care. >> reporter: campbell's sent colton in the operating room for open heart surgery at just four months old, using tiny stitches and a little patch, doctor hancock freeson repaired colton's heart. >> 80 percent of the children that we see born with congenital heart disease we know about in advance, which is wonderful. we can plan resources, we can be there on the ground. sometimes that means the team need to be scrubbed, ready to help out immediately. sometimes it is just planning for four months down the road like it was for colton. >> take some big steps. there we go. >> reporter: while the diagnosis, felt isolating the campbell's learned they are not alone. both work at anderson high school, erin, an assistant principal and david teaches math. >> yes, lot of people came forward, youou know, as well, saying -- >> saying my sister had it and now she's fine. >> i think we now have this whole new era of being able to help quality of life be better
and better for these children their siblings and families. >> only way he will know that he had something wrong with him is the scar on his chest. >> reporter: campbell's are grateful for colton's team, for now he wiggles his way around. >> are you going to say hello. >> reporter: and he is just days away from walking and running full speed ahead. just like any other kid. >> he is just the happiest little boy. i cannot imagine life without him. >> reporter: ann little, "fox news". great story. good to see him doing well. very inspiring. well, what you go through as a child kaine shape your entire life, dreams, desire to help others, such was the case for one struggling teenager turned inspirational nurse, that is up next.
of a sealed bag full of amniotic fluid to mimic the real thing. it has been successfully tested on lambs, researchers say human testing is still about three to five years away can you imagine living without a stomach? that is life for one nurse at children's hospital of philadelphia who was actually once a patient there. a diagnosis as a teenager posed some problems that would require a year long stay at the hospital and during that time adam, made an important decision that would forever change his life. here's fox's lauren johnson. >> i run every day. i have done 38 marathons. >> reporter: adam hyman fell in love with running. >> it is my sanity. >> reporter: yes. >> it is greatest thing i ever did. >> reporter: truth is running gave him a chance to escape the pain of his past. >> i would have lots of stomach pains, cramps. >> reporter: it started at just 13 years old. >> at that time in my life i was playing basketball, i was
friends,ing out doing things. >> reporter: but sickness marred his memories. >> basically my life involved going around doctors and being in the hospital. >> reporter: doctors were puzzled unsure what was wrong with the teenager until he >> they did a bunch of tests and they finally diagnosed me with a ellison syndrome. >> reporter: rare condition left tumors in his pancreas and caused his stomach to produce too much acid. doctors removed his stomach but the problem followed him to college. >> my sophomore year in college is when i got sick. >> reporter: complications from the stomach removal and reconstruction. >> tea me down opened me up, kept me opened for 48 hours. >> reporter: almost killed him >> i was in the intensive care for two weeks. i was in the hospital for whole year straight with infections, and multiple surgeries and bleeding, and all kinds of complications. >> reporter: he remembers it being a dark time in his life. >> one time i ran away from the hospital, with an iv and jussie was a teenager and i was like, sat in front of the palestra which, you know, the greatest thing ever being a
basketball fan and player. >> reporter: but care of the doctors and nurses helped him make a decision for his own life. >> coordinating this decision, exactly what i wanted to do. >> reporter: for last 17 years >> great to give back and doing what i'm doing. >> reporter: adam has been caring for some of the most sick patientness chop. >> just one more time. >> reporter: nineteen year-old christian smith first came to chop when he was just 12 days old. over the years, one nurse, stands out in his mother's mind. >> he took my son in for a first treatment for a transplant procedure. >> reporter: his mother, charn ay lewis say it is people like adam that make chop so special. >> i wouldn't go anywhere. i could move to florida but i'm here because of my son and care he gets here. >> reporter: same care adam remembers when he was a patient and now life has come full circle here in the oncology division. >> this is the reason for me being here, something has got
to come out of this. you know, everything negative there is a positive and this is what it is and now it is my career here. >> reporter: adam says he knows firsthand what these kid are living. >> i dent want to do this anymore. i want to give up. i have heard a lot of that. >> reporter: his message is the same. >> it is just a long, journey and you just have to stay focused and have goals, and realize thaw will come out of this and then you can go on with your life. >> reporter: just like he has. >> get some sleep, buddy, all right. >> coming up next, how a teen 's wish to make a difference all while fighting
well, we hear stories of the miracles happening each day at children's miracle network hospital we often hear stories of what the future brings for those children. so many never forget what their doctors and nurses did for them, or what their children still in those hospitals are going through. here's fox's ann little with a beautiful story of paying it forward. >> reporter: a very special delivery. >> those are monitors. >> reporter: from the lynch brigade. >> we have ipad in here, we have some games. >> reporter: for all of the fighters at children's blood
and cancer certainty. >> i was just thinking this is my thank you to them, and this is only the first part of my thank you. >> their donation is huge because it is exactly what the kid want, and need, and i mean , the kid and the teens are here all the time. >> reporter: one year ago lance white make a wish of watching a non-profit became a reality. from his desire to give back to others the lynch brigade was born. >> i just can't believe it has been a year. hard to believe it has been three years since i was diagnosed. >> we are seeing the end of his treatment coming up in december, kind of a culmination of, you know, a lot of time, and a lot over the past two and a half plus years. i'm very proud, seeing his decision and what he wanted to do very early on. >> reporter: acute lymphoblastic leukemia sidelined lance from sports like football and baseball. the cedar park high school student pick up gaming as an escape. >> it take my mind off of everything that was happening,
so if i would have had something like this in the hospital when i was going through those times, it is kind of like, oh, i don't have to think about getting, therapy, or all of these other wild medicine that is hard to pronounce their names on. >> reporter: the gifts will go a long way for the kid and those who care for them. >> you know, he just simply asks what do the kid and teens need what are they asking for and he got it. >> same way. >> it is just something to say everything is okay, don't worry bit, think about this right now and you will be done >> reporter: as lance said. >> this is the first step. >> reporter: brigade has big plans to continue lifting those up in a time of need. >> we admire him for that. >> we cannot say thank you enough to the community and the friends and others. >> thank you. >> really, it is just, i know it doesn't sound like much but i really mean it. thank you for helping to us get where we are right now.
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