Emmanuel was admitted to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital for a diagnosis of flu, pneumonia and severe complications from both illnesses. The 7-year-old was hospitalized for almost two weeks. Emmanuel bravely suffered through an intubation and required four chest tube placements. He was even sedated for several days to give his lungs and body a chance to heal. Once his lungs were recovered, Emmanuel’s physical and occupational therapies were increased to assist his body in getting back to his baseline after such critical care status.
“Throughout his admission, Emmanuel has displayed bravery and resilience, two main characteristics of a HERO,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist Molly. “He is quick to smile when you enter his room and has handled his illness and hospitalization with ease. Emmanuel is the epitome of a HERO, and I am pleased to nominate him as our Hero of the Month.”
Kids Wish Network 100% agrees with Molly and is proud to recognize Emmanuel as a Hero of the Month!