Jaci – Hero of the Month


“Jaci did it with a smile”

Jaci was enjoying a fun family vacation at her grandfather’s in Missouri. She was the passenger in a side by side of an ATV when it fell on her leg. She was rushed to Mercy Children’s Hospital in Des Moines where it was discovered she had fractured two bones in the lower part of her right leg. She had to have an external fixation for the open tibia-fibula fracture.

Jaci has remained in the hospital since June having gone through six surgeries to date with another scheduled soon. Surgeries and procedures since she was first admitted include irrigation and debridement of the wound and the harvesting of a vein from Jaci’s left thigh for a bypass in the area of the fractures.. Future procedures may include skin grafts.

Jaci’s nominating Child Life Specialist found her to be extremely well-mannered and cheerful, even thanking the staff for taking such good care of her.

“Jaci had the strength to get through a very difficult week initially, and she did it with a smile.”

Kids Wish Network is certainly proud to honor Jaci as a Hero of the Month along with Mercy Children’s Hospital!

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