In April of 2014, our youngest daughter was involved in a traumatic accident while vacationing in Mexico. A simple misstep turned near fatal and in a split second Maddi fell from a restaurant balcony landing 20+ feet down on the sidewalk below, unconscious. After 36 hours in a Mexician hospital, perseverance prevailed and a medical transport arrived to safely transport Maddi back to the states.
During Maddi's time of healing she was extremely limited in what she was able to do. Multiple broken bones kept her immobile for months and because of a traumatic brain injury she was left confused,scared and unable to watch TV, tolerate music or play on electronics to pass the time.
Our family was fortunate to be part of a wonderfully supportive family and a strong community that quickly surrounded Maddi with new simple arts & crafts, reading and coloring books, paints and puzzles. All of these 'things' helped Maddi feel normal again and kept her busy during long days and doctor appointments. Most importantly though, these activities provided a means for her to re-connect with her sisters and friends. They helped her get comfortable with new therapists and created ways for doctors and nurses to evaluate pain and discuss new treatments.
Maddi's Bag was created to celebrate Maddi's survival and strength as well as to show gratitude to the trauma doctors, nurses and therapists who worked tirelessly caring for her. Maddi's Bag strives to spread TBI awareness and educate young people on brain healthy lifestyles.
It is the mission of Maddi's Bag to help comfort children when the unexpected confronts them traumatically. Our board is dedicated to providing young trauma patients with a bountiful supply of injury & age appropriate activities and accessories that minimize stress, foster communication and help reconnect families during recovery from near fatal accidents. It's our goal to celebrate the valuable impact and critical role doctors, nurses and therapists have on their patients and their families.
Currently Maddi's Bag solely supports two programs successfully in place on the trauma unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Our comfort bag program ensures that each child admitted to the trauma unit receives a bag of appropriate activities. The Maddi STAR award allows us to honor monthly a trauma doctor, nurse or therapist for the valuable impact and critical role they played in a patients journey to recovery.
The Maddi STAR Award is supported by the Maddi's Bag Foundation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It is awarded to a unit RN who displays compassionate, collaborative nursing care and demonstrates excellent communication skills towards patients & their families when admitted for an unexpected traumatic accident. The monthly recipient is recognized & presented with a certificate, gift cards & a custom bracelet created by Marinella Jewelry especially for Maddi's Bag. You can purchase your own bracelet by visiting www.marinellajewelry.com
~Thank you Richard Gaw for capturing our story, our love and our mission perfectly!
~Thank WOGL98.1 for including our story in the 2016 WE LOVE OUR CHILDREN RADIOTHON benefitting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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