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Children's Miracle Network: Breanna's story

The only thing worse than being extremely ill is having a child who is gravely ill. It happens. Fortunately, there is one organization that helps families through their darkest  hours: Children's Miracle Network. 

This week, we're showing 
you how a donation to Children's Miracle Network, however big or small, makes a difference for children right here in 
KOTA Territory. 

Breanna's Story

"The pregnancy went well until about 31 weeks and that was on New Year's Day, 2012, " Lisa Hurd said. That was the day her daughter, Breanna Elizabeth Hurd, came into the world. "I just remember waking up and seeing the billboard with her size on there and it said she was two pounds 11 ounces and I thought oh my goodness she is so tiny,: Lisa continued. 

Breanna was immediately rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit at Rapid City Regional Hospital called Claire's Place. That's where Breanna spent the first six weeks of her life. Fortunately, Breanna didn't have any other complications.  She just needed to grow and that's exactly what she did. Her parents, Jeremy and Lisa say thanks to the incredible staff at Claire's Place they did too. "I just can't say enough about the nurses there," Lisa said. 

Claire's Place nurses have a special bond with their patients that lasts long after their hospital stay. NICU head nurse Cathy Allen says Claire's Place babies get top of  the line care because of Children's Miracle Network donations. "Without those NICU beds that CMN purchases there is really 
no way that children that age can thrive," Jeremy said. The beds, called Giraffes are expensive. They cost around 
$35,000 a piece. 

Not every donation goes to big ticket items like the 
Giraffes. With the donations, CMN is able to provide a number of other necessities, like baby bathtubs, or even gas money for parents who live out of town. "Every single dollar comes together to raise $90,000 for the smallest patients at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Angie 
Kliewer with CMN said. 

In Breanna's case the difference is evident. She is two-years-old and thriving. She can even belt out a few words from her favorite movie Frozen. 

While having a premature baby is no way to start parenthood, Jeremy and Lisa say they're thankful for the extra time they've had with Breanna. "It's such a traumatic experience, but they (CMN) make it so much easier for the parents," Lisa said. 

You can help children just like Breanna thrive in the most difficult circumstances. May 2, New Rushmore Radio stations are having their annual Children's Miracle Network telethon. That day, you can call (605) 755-9199 to donate. Every penny raised stays right here. 
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