BENEFITING: MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION
EVENT: Run Long Beach 2013
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION wrote -
The 2013 Long Beach Lifesavers Team is RUNNING and RAISING for Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, and Community Hospital Long Beach.
Our amazing team is comprised of both active employees and patients of the hosptials - all with the goal of giving back to an organization that means so much to us!
Our hospitals are known for going the EXTRA MILE for our patients - just as we did with Miller Children's recent patient, Logan:
Perhaps it was a mother’s instinct. Tawny Escatel had an unnerving feeling that something was wrong with her newborn son, Logan.
“Logan was wheezing, his voice was raspy, his breathing was very strained,” says Tawny. He was rushed by ambulance to Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, where a series of tests—including an ultrasound of his heart— revealed two life-threatening congenital cardiac defects. The Escatels’ son had been born with an abnormal connection of the blood vessels between his lungs and heart, causing diminished oxygen to his body and a heavy strain on his heart. He also had a hole between his right and left heart chambers. Fighting for his life, Logan needed surgery—and there wasn’t much time.
Within hours of arriving at Miller Children’s, Logan was in the operating room. Shaun Setty, M.D., medical director of pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, an expert pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, performed an intricate five-hour operation, reconnecting the pulmonary veins from Logan’s lungs to the left side of his heart. This allowed the blood to flow normally. He also repaired the hole between the heart chambers. The care Logan received after surgery was critical for his survival. A dedicated group of pediatric intensive care unit specialists worked closely with the cardiac team, providing 24-hour monitoring and expert knowledge. After 12 days in the hospital, Logan returned home without any major complications—and with a normally functioning heart. “We always knew we were in the best hands at Miller Children’s,” says Leonardo Escatel.
Miller Children’s commitment to family-centered care will always remain at the “heart” of the hospital’s programs. “When Logan was being rushed into surgery, a wonderful nurse waited with my husband and me and took us to see our baby before he was wheeled into the operating room,” recalls Tawny. “I needed to blow him a kiss and that nurse made sure I was able to do it.”