State: South Dakota
Facility: Avera McKennan
Zachary is an exceptional young man. Zachary spent about a month in the Pediatric Unit of Avera Children’s Hospital. Zachary had been diagnosed with E. coli. This bacterium wreaks havoc on a person’s body, especially their kidneys. Sometimes the bacteria is so devastating that it causes acute renal failure, forcing a person to go on dialysis for a short time to allow the kidneys time to heal. Zach endured surgery, dialysis, daily blood draws, bed rest for hours at a time, tubes attached to his body and being away from home and his whole family while being here in the hospital. All of these things are challenges for any person, but especially a seven year old that is eager to enjoy the rest of the summer and start the first grade. Zach took on the challenge of his infection and fought to get better every day even if he really didn’t feel up to it. Before we knew it, Zach’s kidneys had picked up and started to get better. As he felt better, Zach geared up and buckled down to start the first grade. He worked on math problems and all the things he needed to do to get ready for the first grade. It takes a fighting spirit to endure such an infection and to strive to get better. Zach did all of this with flying colors. Three days shy of being here for one month, Zach went home looking better than ever. Zachary truly deserves to be the hero of the month he endured his infection, worked hard at getting better even though what was asked of him was hard to do; and he even managed to work hard to get ready for school while being sick. Way to go Zach!