Sanford Childrens Team Saves Seven-Week-Old Baby

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.

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.

“Our hearts felt like they were being ripped out of our bodies,” Brecken’s mother, Kelly Kennedy, remembered.

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.

“The drive seemed to last forever, but knowing my husband was able to be at our son’s side gave me some comfort,” Kelly said.

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.

“You have excellent, wonderfully caring staff that can only be described in one word: angels,” Kelly said. “If it were not for Dr. Segeleon, the flight nurse, flight crew and Sanford Children’s nurses and staff, my son may not be here today.”