On one particularly beautiful day in Michigan, Kyle, his brother, and dad went outside. While playing, Kyle accidentally tripped and fell directly onto a rock. His dad quickly came to his aid, and although there was no bruising or bleeding, he knew something was wrong as Kyle held his arm close to his body.
Once they arrived in the ER, the hospital staff took x-rays to examine Kyle’s arm and found no broken bones. They did, however, see there was a much more concerning issue. After a thorough exam and CT scan, the doctors found a great amount of internal bleeding from Kyle’s spleen and called for an ambulance to rush him to a trauma hospital to receive level 1 trauma emergency care. Kyle was then admitted to the ICU at Beaumont Children’s Hospital with a level four spleen laceration and a level two liver laceration. He needed to be closely cared for and monitored due to very low hemoglobin levels that almost required a blood transfusion. After one week in the ICU, Kyle was then transferred to the regular pediatric unit for another week of monitoring and care.
Even though he was in so much pain and was going through something so scary, Kyle kept his upbeat personality and would light up every room that he was in. “Kyle is referred to as a modern day Frank Sinatra,” described his Child Life Specialist who proudly nominated him as a Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month. He was given the title of “Country Crooner” by the hospital staff as he loves music and wants to be a professional country singer. The staff would take him to the other patients’ rooms along with his IV, and he would serenade all of the other young patients and remind them that it is not so scary to be in the hospital. He truly brought joy to each patient.
Kyle has been admitted to the hospital two more times for days of care as his spleen has all too easily reopened. He also deals with old blood in his stomach from the internal bleeding. Because the spleen can take six to twelve months to heal, Kyle has had to be very careful for many weeks. He has even missed gym class and recess, which can be pretty tough on any young boy. Although Kyle has had a scary and painful last few months, he continues to share his joy with his parents, three brothers, and everyone that he comes in contact with.
It is with great pride that we honor Kyle’s courage by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Kyle!