Children's Miracle Network: Gabriel's Story - KOTA Territory News

Children's Miracle Network: Gabriel's Story

Children, although small, fight through some very big things.  But it's not without some assistance from those who know them personally or not at all.  This week we're showing you how a donation to Children's Miracle Network, however big or small, makes a difference for children in KOTA Territory.

Gabriel's story:

He plays the drums, the guitar, and he loves, LOVES 'Star Wars.' "Y
ou look at him, you watch him play, you see how animated he gets. You wouldn't think there are any issues," said Don Broghammer, about his son, Gabriel. 

But Gabriel's problems began at 16 weeks in the womb.  "They actually wanted to terminate and we decided against it," said Gabriel's mother, Christine. She says he didn't have any amniotic fluid. At just 16 months, Gabriel needed major surgery - a kidney transplant. 

It was Gabriel's dad who saved his life. "I
nitial reaction is, 'How did they get an adult size kidney in a baby?' They got it in there," said Don.

But his dad's kidney didn't fix everything. "He takes nine meds every day," said Christine. Gabriel's body is rejecting the kidney. At only seven-years-old, the lovable kid must deal with procedures other kids haven't even heard of. "W
e have to catheterize him every four hours, which helps relieve the pressure because right now the urine is relaxing back onto the kidneys ,which helps destroy the kidneys," said Christine. 

"On the inside I feel kind of like, different," said Gabriel. "But I feel okay on the outside."

Gabriel also has blood work done regularly and he must visit the University of Minnesota every six months for testing. "I
 don't like doing labs because instead of a different way of doing my blood, they stick a needle in my arm and it kinda hurts," said Gabriel. 

Eventually, he'll need a new kidney. And all those medical tests and procedures, plus the cost to travel, add up fast. "My goodness," said Christine. "We're on $3 million with him." That's why Children's Miracle Network is here to help both financially and emotionally. "The people there, oh God, they're great," said Christine, tearing up. 

Angie Kliewer, Children's Miracle Network (CMN), says the organization has helped thousands of kids in our area. "You really don't know, but you want it to be there when your child is sick," said Kliewer.  CMN will continue to support our local kids with donations from you. 

Friday May 2 is the Children's Miracle Network radiothon. The event goes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 755-9199 to donate. You can also donate by clicking here:

Donating money gives kids 
like Gabriel another day to be a kid. "Every day is a miracle he's with us," said Don. 

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