In November 2006, I was diagnosed with form of childhood bone cancer at age 19. I was immediately recommended to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and was able to speak to a specialist instead with in 12 hours of having my first x-ray. Three days later Rob started 10 months of chemotherapy treatment that required him to spend over 100 days in the hospital. I had his treatments at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and had a vigorous schedule that required him to remain inpatient for weeks at a time. Along with chemotherapy, I had 3 major reconstructive surgeries to remove the tumor in his right wrist. One of the procedures required the removal of his left fibula, muscle tissue, and some skin from his leg to replace the bone and tissue that had been removed from his right forearm. Since then I had a surgery in May to repair a complication with one of the tendons. The surgery was a success and I has been doing well ever since. I will be in his 3rd year of remission this June! As a survivor, I don't think that I could have made it through the treatment if it wasn't for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
In Sept. 2006 our family was in a car accident. Our two sons were flown by Theda Star to CHW for their injuries. Our youngest son (then 11) had broken his back and had severe trauma to his abdomen and was paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Children's Hospital staff quickly took hold of the situation with excellent care and concern. As parents we always felt well informed. Our son spent 6 weeks recovering and learning how to sit up again. His surgeons, nurses and therapists were all incredible. This was a life altering event and we couldn't have made it through without the vast knowledge of CHW staff members.
Our daughter had a complex open heart surgery at 3 1/2 months of age. The expertise of the surgeons made this surgery a success and she hopefully won't need any more in the future because of that. She continues to struggle with feeding issues and we are very happy with the counseling and support we are getting from the feeding clinic.
Children's Hospital of Milwaukee has gotten us through the hardest times in our lives. The excellent professionals there have gotten her through two open-heart surgery's and will conduct one more. The staff is nothing less than exceptional. They go above and beyond every time we are there. We are so lucky to have this facility nearby. We'd be lost without it.
In 2007 our 11 year old daughter suddenly went into heart failure. When this happened we were told to say our good-byes as there was a very good chance she would not make it. Due to the expertise of the staff of Children's, Erica is still here with us today. Within 48 hours of Erica going into heart failure, she was diagnosed with a rare disease called Takayasu Arteritis and dilated cardio-myopathy. Erica spent the next 30 days at Children's. During that time the staff became like family to us. We saw them cheering with our highs and tearing with our lows. As you can imagine our daughter was very sick and very scared. Dr. Nancy would sit next to Erica and talk with her, comfort her and engage her in conversation that would take her mind off what was happening. Every staff member that entered her room showed nothing but compassion and concern. Not only did they tend to Erica's needs, they also took care of our families needs. Always explaining what was happening, making sure we understood and making us feel like Erica was one of their own family members. Erica is still being seen by many specialists at Children's and it amazes when we see staff that have cared for her, they know her by name and ALWAYS take a minute or two to ask how she is doing and chat with her. From the parking attendants, to volunteers, to public relations people, to cafe workers, to the nurses, doctors and specializes, Children's Hospital is a blessing to our community.
When my third son was born 6 weeks early with a heart troubles and had several stays with them in the NICU and in the PICU, I never fekt so compfortable concidering the situation. The staff made sure we knew what was going on at all times, and answered our questions. If a nurse didn't know an answer to one of our questions, she would make sure to find out for us. Having spent almost 6 weeks total down there, we got to know our sons nurses and doctors pretty well, and they were all amazing!
We love Children's Hospital of WI. Our experience was with their NICU staff. My first child, Zachary, was born at 29 weeks. He weighed 2lbs 2oz and was 14 inches long at birth. He was hospitalized for 66 days and during the course of that stay he not only battled all of the prematurity issues, but also had a battle with Staph and Rotovirus. I cannot begin to explain the stress level when your first child is born prematurely. It is a constant struggle everyday dealing with all of the ups and downs of a preemie. The staff at Children's Hospital of WI Fox Valley was phenomal! Not only did they care for Zachary, but they cared for our entire family. The day of his discharge was so exciting and terrifying, but also a day of sadness, since it felt like we were leaving family behind, because each and every person that is involved with the NICU feels like family. Little did we know that we would experience the NICU twice. Our second child, Madelyn, was born at 32 weeks gestation and weighed 3lbs 4oz and was 15 inches long. She was hospitalized for 32 days. The second visit to the NICU seemed a lot less traumatic. It is still stressful leaving your baby behind, but this time I was very knowledgeable about the staff and all of the procedures so I think that helped us a lot. I cannot say enough good things about the NICU team from Children's. They are all wonderful people and have enriched our lives so much by taking such good care of our children when they were at their most fragile states.
CHW has kept our child alive for 9 years to date! We visit every week or at least every 12 days and love Harold, the nurses, the doctors, the Radiologist and the ambassador's ! We just love our Children's Hospital since our child was kept alive in NICU on May 7, 2001 and today we love that we have help, care and wonderful knowledge of medical treatments to help us keep Bret living one more day.YOU ROCK
My son was 21-mths old when we were sent to CHW and he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia..From the first day he was admitted til now, we could be more thankful to have the staff on East 5 HOT and Oncology Clinic to help us along the way. We have had unexpected visits and they were right here to help us through the tough times. Its been a year since we first came to CHW and I wouldnt have changed my experience one bit. I would recommend this hospital for any oncology visit. CHW ROCKS!!
My daughter was born with a major heart defect and was taken to Childrens Hospital within the first day of life. Since then she has had open heart surg., had 4 implanted pacemakers and had a stroke just days prior to her 21st birthday. All her hospital experiences were at Childrens Hosp. As a parent when your child tells you to sleep at home because she is safe and comfortable enough to sleep at the hospital without me, that means the world to someone who has slept in the room or gone without sleep until your child wakes up! Thank you Childrens Hospital for all you do. We will be coming back for a heart transplant, we wouldn't have it done anywhere else.