Patrick's Miracle

Combining Technology with Compassionate Care

One definition of the word miracle is “a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality.” Graciously, such examples are witnessed each day at Children’s Hospital of Illinois. 7-year-old Patrick is one of them. Patrick’s story illustrates how timing, expertise, and state of the art equipment and care can give back the childhood so deserved by each of our young patients.

When Patrick fell ill in 2011, his primary care physician initially believed he had the stomach flu. Realizing after a couple days it was more serious, Patrick was sent to Children’s Hospital of Illinois where he spent several weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Patrick was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome which ultimately caused his pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder, and entire digestive system to begin shutting down.

Luckily for Patrick, a pediatric nephrologist specializing in chronic kidney issues had recently joined the hospital. The only pediatric dialysis machine in central Illinois was also located at Children’s Hospital, giving Patrick and his family the relief of staying near their home. This dialysis machine did exactly what the doctors planned and gave Patrick’s kidneys a break and thus an opportunity to heal.

Today, Patrick is a healthy boy who likes to run and ride bikes outside with his siblings. His recovery is one example of the amazing care given to our young patients and their families each and every day.