Child Hero Honored at Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, in conjunction with Kids Wish Network, honored Parker Ming on December 23, 2009, as a result of the bravery he has displayed throughout the course of his illness. 

Parker is a 10 year old who was born prematurely with severe low birth weight.  He spent much of his early years in the pediatric intensive care unit at Chris Evert’s Children’s Hospital where he was presented with a condition, Hyaline Membrane disease, which required prolonged and aggressive mechanical ventilation.  As a result, Parker has chronic lung disease and was oxygen dependent for many years.  Due to the fragility of Parker’s lungs he could not eat and grow appropriately and required the placement of a feeding tube.  Throughout the hospital stays and the severity of his treatments, Parker maintained a happy disposition and a positive attitude.  As a result of Parker’s determination and commitment to his continued well being he was selected as December’s Kids Wish Network’s “Hero of the Month.”

As “Hero of the Month,” Parker received a certificate, as well as a $300 gift card.

The Hero of the Month wish program was designed to help children who have had to face very sad, difficult, or extraordinary circumstances that they have managed to overcome through efforts that can only be described as “heroic.”  Kids Wish Network hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of these special children by recognizing their courage.

The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special health care needs in Broward County. CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special health care needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services within a medical home environment.  CDTC is a nationally recognized “Center of Excellence,” offering a unique system of care for infants, children and youth with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays.  All medical care and social services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Broward Health News
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Published: 01/14/09

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