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Children's Miracle Network

The Children's Miracle Network and The Children's Hospital at UMC have a special place in my family's heart. All three of my children have congenital glaucoma. In order for the ophthalmologist to obtain an accurate eye pressure reading, my kids went to UMC for an eye exam under anesthesia (EUA), which was considered an outpatient surgical procedure. At least once every two months from 2000 to 2006, one of my kids was at UMC for an EUA. We were there so frequently that the admitting staff, nurses and residents knew the kids by name, and would even "fight" over who handled our cases. Our physician needed a specialized digital camera to take pictures of the kid's retinas and optic nerves. Donations to the Children's Miracle Network provided the funds for The Children's Hospital at UMC to purchase the camera and supporting equipment. This camera allowed our physician to diagnosis and treat problems as they arose and to provide the care necessary to maintain the kid's eye pressure at acceptable levels. Without this technology, we would have had to drive to Dallas to see a physician who could provide the same care. In 2003, my kids were poster children for the UMC Children's Miracle Network Telethon. They have given us so much, that it was the least we could do to give back.

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