Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a special place for many families. They can spend weeks and months in the hospital getting to know doctors and other staff.
This fall, two patient families have shared their appreciation for the care they have received. Jeni Mursau and Erin Darling carved a special pumpkin with the hospital’s logo on it. The process took almost 90 minutes.
“We wanted to do something to show that we appreciated everyone who has been a part of our boys’ care,” said Darling. “They are truly wonderful people in our lives.”
Darling’s son Garret is one week shy of his first birthday. He’s known Children’s Hospital since day one. Born 10 weeks early and weighing only 2 pounds, he had his first surgery at the hospital when he was only 2 days old. “He’s having what should be his last surgery today,” his mom said.
Erin Darling’s husband, James, works with Rich Mursau, Jeni’s husband. The Darlings found out about the Mursau’s 3-year-old son, Ty, who was born with the same condition – a tracheoesophageal fistula, a condition in which the esophagus is not connected to the stomach. The two families bonded and relied on each other for support.
“Rich and Jeni have been the biggest blessing in our lives,” said Erin Darling. “They have helped us get through the last year and have given us a great amount of support. They were so willing to share their story to help us get through ours.”
“Our family and friends know our story and what the hospital has meant for us,” said Jeni Mursau. “They kept Ty alive and helped bring him to where he is today. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a godsend for us. Without them, Ty never would have made it.”