When a healthy baby suddenly becomes critically ill, it is common for parents to fear the worst. Although seven-week-old Brecken Kennedy will not remember this night, his parents will forever.
Due to RSV complications, Brecken stopped breathing several times during that July 2007 day. When a hospital in Sioux City, IA did not have the equipment needed to help Brecken, his family knew they had to get their baby to Sanford Children’s.
While Kelly drove to Sioux Falls with their three-year-old daughter, Brecken’s dad, Chris, accompanied their seven-week-old baby on the helicopter. Sanford Children’s flight crew and flight nurse quickly delivered Brecken to the critical care physicians and staff at Sanford Children’s Hospital.
During Brecken’s week long stay at Sanford Children’s Hospital, pediatric critical care physician Joseph Segeleon, MD and nurses provided the family with love and care. Brecken’s family is very grateful for this care and credits Sanford Children’s with saving their son’s life.
Almost two years later, a happy and healthy Brecken will celebrate his second birthday in June.