CMN makes life saving flights possible

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Children's Hospital at University Medical Center serves west Texas and eastern New Mexico.  When an infant in the area needs immediate attention, many times the fastest way to get there is by air.

Crews work fast to bring the babies back to Lubbock, where your donations provide the most up to date care. "When we go to pick up a sick baby, they know that the situation is bad," UMC nurse Carrie Reeves said.

Once an outlying hospital alerts UMC, the crew is up and away in about thirty minutes. "Time is of the essence," respiratory therapist Rex Rexrode.

"Little small babies are very sick babies," UMC nurse Carlene Oakley said.

"We're in contact with the referring hospital in route," Reeves said.

"The quicker we can get there the better off they're going to be," Rexrode said.

"We stabilize the baby, and then we come back and admit them to the unit," Reeves said.  The neonatal unit at UMC transports around 100 babies each year.

"Years ago these little babies did not survive," Oakley said.  Now, UMC has the most advanced and up to date technology, giving the youngest patients a chance.

"All of that stuff is provided through CMN," Reeves said.

"Nowadays, with all the equipment that's provided for us through CMN, we're able to take these babies, care for them, and grow them almost as if they were in mom," Oakley said.

Without your donations to the Children's Miracle Network things would be different.  "It would be very difficult for us to have all the up to date equipment that we have," Reeves said.

"These little guys, they don't know it, but they're very dependant on it," Rexrode said.

"The equipment is very expensive to take care of these little ones, but their lives are well worth it," Oakley said.

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