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Sarah's Story

When we got into the car after leaving a birthday party, Sarah bumped her head. She cried for a little while, and there was a small red mark, but it didn’t swell into a bump or anything, so we figured she was fine - and kind of forgot about it.

A few hours later, she started throwing up; I thought maybe she ate something bad at the party, or maybe too much sugar. But she kept throwing up and wasn’t feeling any better, so we thought we should call the advice nurse at our pediatrician’s office. Before we could do that, though, Sarah started to pass out.

I was panicked. I didn’t know what was happening; I just knew we needed to get her to Doernbecher as soon as possible. It was very scary. My husband drove, while I tried to keep Sarah awake. We rushed right in.

From the minute we walked in the door we knew we were being taken care of. The Emergency Department is a beautiful facility and is very kid-friendly. It was a relief to be around so many people who were so specialized in taking care of our daughter, even if we didn’t understand what was going on at the time. Everyone jumped into action. We were involved in everything that happened, from the IV to the CT scan.

As it turned out, Sarah had gotten a concussion. Within a matter of minutes, we had gone from complete panic to complete gratitude and relief. She’s been fine ever since.

I know there are going to be some head bumps in our future. And when there are, I know that we can always come to Doernbecher and get the best care that we need for our family.

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