ND CMN Champion Cora Knudsvig Celebrates Being a Champion - Media Opps Today and Tomorrow
On Dec. 31, 2005, Cora was rushed to MeritCare Children's Hospital when, after complaining about a bad headache and vomiting, Cora became unresponsive. Doctors diagnosed Cora with a brain tumor. The tumor had grown, undetected, for several months until it ran out of room and burst causing hemorrhaging and extensive damage to the right side of Cora's brain and partially on the left side. Her condition was critical and doctors were not sure if she would survive. If she did, what would her long-term prognosis be. Would she ever be able to see, speak or recognize her family? Would she ever even wake up?
Cora did survive…but it has been a long journey. She underwent three difficult brain surgeries and spent nearly three months hospitalized at MeritCare Children's Hospital. She required extensive speech, occupational and physical therapy to regain control of her tiny 5-year-old body.
Today, Cora is in first grade and doing great. She is a happy little girl who loves to dance, play games, color and watch movies. For more information on Cora, visit meritcare.com, keyword cora.
Champions are selected by children's hospitals affiliated with CMN to act as ambassadors to the media and the public. They represent the millions of other children treated annually in children's hospitals across North America. CMN, the alliance of premier hospitals for children, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for 180 children's hospitals across North America. MeritCare has the only children's hospital in North Dakota.
While in Orlando, the champions will participate in taping the 2008 CMN Celebration, which will air Saturday, May 31, locally from 3-10 p.m. For more information on CMN, visit meritcare.com, keyword: cmn, or visit cmn.org.