Facility: Avera McKennan Hospital
Adam was admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital on March 7, 2007. When he came to hospital he was unable to walk because his left leg felt numb. He also complained of a severe headache. It was determined that his illness started with a sinus infection and it ended in an accumulation of fluid (puss) known as an empyemia in his brain. Surgical intervention was required for drainage of that fluid.
Adam stayed with us for 23 days. He was initially admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care where our staff of nurses and doctors took care of him. When he was able to transition from PICU to the general unit he continued to work hard to get well. Daily physical therapy helped Adam to regain his strength and ability to walk again.
Adam was very respectful; willing to do what the staff thought was necessary to get better. He had a fun sense of humor and would joke with us. Adam always had a smile on his face and was such a polite kid, even when he wanted to badly go home after already a long stay and was told he could not go yet – he was still polite and smiled. The day he finally got to go home we gave him 2 monster cookies to celebrate, he was so thankful and appreciative not only for the cookies but for the care as well.
Adam is a great kid and is truly a Hero.