A boy looks down at his brothers from the top of the hill. His superhero cape flaps in the wind as his mother looks on and smiles. This boy’s name is Parker, and not long ago his life was in danger.
His mom, Amanda, recalls the day Parker ended up in Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Marshfield. She says she remembers hearing a loud thud in the living room and when she arrived he was on the floor with the TV on top of him. Parker had been playing superheroes with his brothers and when he tried to climb the shelf, the TV tipped and fell on him.
After an ER visit and a helicopter flight, Parker arrived at the PICU in Marshfield. Amanda was immediately impressed with the level of coordination and care from the entire team. She says she always felt extremely informed and reassured by each person she talked to. Ultimately tests revealed lacerations on Parker’s liver and he remained in the PICU for 4 days in recovery.
Today Parker is back to being the same energetic boy he has always been. And as Amanda looks on at her four healthy boys, she can be thankful. She spends plenty of time watching her kids pretend to be heroes, and when she needed them most, she was lucky to have been helped by some real ones.