Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Meet Greta C.

Greta C., Age 7 Greta C.jpg
Hometown: Edina, MN
Hospital: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Greta was a typical, healthy toddler until the weekend before her third birthday when she developed croup and was rushed to the emergency department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Despite treatment, her croup worsened overnight and she developed a secondary staph pneumonia. Within 24 hours of arriving at the hospital, her illness spiraled into multi-organ failure. 

Greta was moved from room air to a ventilator to a heart-lung bypass machine (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation or ECMO) and given doubtful odds at survival. After 10 days on ECMO, and another 7 days on a ventilator, Greta finally recovered enough to move out of the pediatric intensive care unit to begin her rehabilitation.

Because Greta had been sedated for several weeks, she faced a lengthy drug wean and extreme muscle atrophy. For an additional 10 days, Greta had to relearn how to talk, eat, sit, stand and walk. She then required extensive inpatient and outpatient physical and occupational therapy for the following months. Thanks to the care of an amazing team, Greta has made a complete recovery. She is a great big sister, a horse lover, and an artist in training, who just completed her first year at a language immersion school.

Fact: The one percent of hospitals that receive CHGME funding train approximately fifty percent of all pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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