MAUSTON, Wis. (July 22, 2015): Together with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, children’s charity Kids Wish Network is excited to honor Mauston 4-year-old Alexis Severson as a 2015 Hero of the Month. Alexis was nominated for the award after demonstrating extraordinary strength and determination throughout a lengthy stay at the hospital.
Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month program recognizes children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain and suffering. While they may not suffer from a life-threatening illness, these Heroes have dealt with life-altering situations, demonstrating extreme bravery and courage.
This recent medical situation for Alexis started off with a routine visit that quickly turned serious. Diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year, Alexis was admitted to the hospital for a routine 24-hour video electroencephalogram (VEEG). However, the 4-year-old ended up staying far longer than expected.
While in the hospital, doctors diagnosed Alexis with pancytopenia, a condition in which the body has a reduction of red and white blood cells and platelets. Alexis developed renal disease, needed surgery, was intubated, and underwent a lot of painful pokes. Of the twelve days she was admitted, Alexis was in the PICU for seven.
“Alexis displayed extraordinary strength and determination throughout her hospitalization,” explains her nominating Child Life Specialist Jessica Wasko. “Even following procedures, she remained very forgiving to staff and would soon be giggling and smiling once again. She was always very excited for our time spent doing arts and crafts, especially crafts that involved glitter! I am honored to nominate Alexis for this award, her playfulness and willingness to fight through everything is nothing short of amazing.”
Kids Wish Network was excited to honor Alexis as a Hero of the Month along with the staff at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
“Alexis was very happy to be nominated as Hero of the Month!” says her mom Kari Cox. “Kids Wish Network, we are so grateful for your gifts and the amazing program that you provide for the children. Thank you so much!”
Alexis has been doing well since her release but returned last week for a follow-up kidney biopsy. She will also face lifelong issues in regards to her epilepsy.
Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is one of hundreds of facilities across the United States that works with Kids Wish Network to honor brave kids. Each facility is able to nominate up to five Heroes per month, and each Hero is recognized with a Kids Wish Network certificate, t-shirt, and gift card. Kids Wish Network honored almost 900 Heroes nationwide in 2013/14.
Kids Wish Network is a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experience life-altering situations. More than just granting wishes, Kids Wish Network makes a difference through its various programs by delivering hope to kids across the United States. Learn more at www.kidswishnetwork.org.