(KCBD) - On Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m., the Texas Tech baseball team will visit pediatric patients at Nebraska Medicine.
Nebraska Medicine pediatric patients created a banner for the team's dugout at the College World Series, wishing them good luck against Arkansas tonight.
Many pediatric patients travel to Nebraska Medicine from around the county to receive treatment for organ transplants, intestinal rehabilitation and cancer. Nebraska Medicine is one of a few institutions nationwide to offer all solid organ transplants under one roof. Many of the pediatric patients spend weeks, months – even years – recovering from serious illnesses.
14-year-old Nevaeh Flores of Lubbock, Texas, is one of those children.
In July 2004, at 10-months-old, Nevaeh underwent her first liver, small bowel and pancreas transplant at Nebraska Medicine. For ten years, she was happy and healthy – until January 2014. Nevaeh went into organ failure and was placed on the transplant list again.
Nevaeh received her second multi-organ transplant in May 2014, but one week later, her body started rejecting the organs and they had to be explanted that November. Three years later, in September 2017, Nevaeh underwent her third multi-organ transplant at Nebraska Medicine. Nevaeh and her parents, Aaron and Lori, have remained in Omaha ever since, and Nevaeh has yet to go back home to Lubbock.
On Wednesday afternoon, Nevaeh and her family are thrilled to welcome a bit of their hometown to their "home away from home." Thanks to the hard work and creative imaginations of Nebraska Medicine's child life specialists, the hospital atrium will be turned into a baseball field. Texas Tech players, who are in Omaha competing in the College World Series, will get the chance to teach Nebraska Medicine pediatric patients how to hit and throw a baseball. They'll even get to run the bases! Some of the children have played baseball before, but many have never gotten the chance – due to illness.