Hello, my name is Emily Venteicher. I’m 12 years old. On Feb. 13, 2013, I was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I had gone skiing earlier that day. I went off a jump and fell on my head while not wearing a helmet. I had a brain injury called a subdural hematoma. That same night, I underwent surgery to alleviate the pressure on my brain. Six days later, I was released from the hospital and was able to return home to my family two months earlier than the doctors had first expected.
Making miracles every day
What I remember most about Children’s Hospital is how nice the doctors and nurses were. The first night after I woke up, the nurse in the Intensive Care Unit stayed up with me for a long time and answered all of my questions about the accident. Nurse Lisa and I had a juice party and she and I laughed a lot. I also knew I could talk to the doctors and nurses if I was ever bored or had questions.
I especially loved how the whole hospital is a friendly place for kids and it’s bright and colorful. This cheered me up even when I was not feeling the best. While I was in the ICU, two girls came in with a bunch of games, crafts and art supplies. I thought that was really cool. I especially loved the Model Magic clay. This helped me feel more like myself and to relax in a strange place.
Tune in to 96.5 WKLH May 23-24
I am looking forward to sharing my story May 23-24 on this Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital. It’s broadcast right from the hospital lobby. This is Dave and Carole’s 16th year of hosting the radiothon, which has raised $17 million since it began. Their goal for this year is to raise $1.5 million for Children’s Hospital in just two days. Tune in to 96.5 WKLH to hear me share my story.
Check out this video of Dave and Carole talking about their involvement in the radiothon:
Pledge your support for Children’s Hospital online at chw.org/miraclemarathon. Everyone can help support this great hospital. When you do, you help kids and families in our community just like me. Thank you.
- Emily Venteicher, guest blogger