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Childrens Miracle Network Helping a Child Survive Influenza

When Gabriella (Gabby) Miller’s parents, Sarah and Bart, received the diagnosis of Type A Influenza early this March from their pediatrician in Rapid City, they assumed their four-year-old daughter would feel better within a week as predicted.

When Gabriella (Gabby) Miller’s parents, Sarah and Bart, received the diagnosis of Type A Influenza early this March from their pediatrician in Rapid City, they assumed their four-year-old daughter would feel better within a week as predicted. After all, Gabby was an otherwise healthy and vibrant little girl who had received the flu mist vaccine the previous October.

However, after spiking a fever of 104.5 and becoming extremely lethargic, Gabby was admitted to the ICU at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Two days later, Sanford’s Children’s Pediatric Flight Team brought Gabby to Sanford Children’s Hospital. Gabby’s pediatrician told her parents “If anyone can make Gabby better, it will be Sanford Children’s.”

When Gabby arrived, Sanford Children’s pediatric critical care physician Dr. Wyc Cheatham explained to Gabby’s family their daughter had a 50 percent chance of surviving. Today, thanks to a little girl’s strength and the team and equipment at Sanford Children’s, Gabby is now on the road to recovery and getting stronger every day. Her parents are extremely thankful for Sanford Children’s Hospital and the life-saving equipment purchased with funds raised by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

Stated Sarah, “Gabby would not be alive today if the special equipment and services were not available at Sanford Children’s. We want to help raise money for CMN to benefit someone else’s child. You never expect your child to be in a children’s hospital, not to mention for almost a month.”

Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital raises funds and awareness for children like Gabby. All money raised by CMN stays local to help purchase equipment and fund travel expenses for families. To learn more about CMN or make a donation, visit www.sanfordchildrens.org or call (605) 328-5700.