infection had affected every organ system in Kristin's
body, to a point where her life was in danger. We
were very grateful and very happy when she finally
began to respond to our massive treatment."
Heinrich Werner, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics
and anesthesiology, UK College of Medicine
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Ky. (Lexington) --
Kristin Yonts, 7, daughter of George and Carolyn Yonts
of Pike County, will be featured as a "champion" during
the "2002 Children's Miracle Network Celebration"
on May 31-June 1. The annual television fund-raiser
benefits the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.
"Champion" is an appropriate term for Kristin, who
survived life-threatening odds.
when Kristin came home after school one day last September
and told her mother she was having trouble walking.
Although she was recovering from a sinus, throat and
ear infection, Carolyn immediately took Kristin to
the local hospital after discovering she had a fever
of 104 degrees. She was sent home with a strong antibiotic.
parents took her back to the hospital two days later,
her organs were shutting down.
and lips were blue," Carolyn said. "Every bug bite
and every bruise looked like they would start to bleed.
We thought we might lose her."
tested for meningitis and the tests came back negative.
Kristin was flown to UK Children's Hospital and placed
on a respirator in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
with a strep virus.
had affected every organ system in Kristin's body,
to a point where her life was in danger. We were very
grateful and very happy when she finally began to
respond to our massive treatment," said Heinrich Werner,
M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology,
UK College of Medicine.
a month, Kristin pulled through. She's now a healthy
7-year-old who, like most girls her age, loves to
play with Barbies and her dog.
and other children will be recognized as "champions"
during the "Children's Miracle Network Celebration,"
which will be broadcast May 31-June 1 from Fayette
Mall in Lexington on WKYT-TV, channel 27 (Lexington)
and WYMT-TV, channel 57 (Hazard). Co-hosts are Barbara
Bailey and Bill Bryant, WKYT-TV, and Tony Turner,
the broadcast, the program will feature and celebrate
the triumphs of UK's young patients and the health
issues they are facing. The annual program will not
only recognize the children as champions, but also
the many people who champion children, such as families,
health professionals, individuals, volunteers and
Celebration begins at 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, and will
continue through 11 p.m. On Saturday, June 1, the
Celebration continues at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
During the broadcast, there will be a silent auction
at Fayette Mall, which also benefits the UK Children's
of Kentucky Children's Hospital is the local beneficiary
for the 15th year of the annual Children's Miracle
Network campaign to raise money for 170 children's
hospitals across North America.
raised in Kentucky stay in Kentucky to benefit the
UK Children's Hospital, the only participating hospital
in the state.
past 15 years, CMN has raised more than $7.5 million
for the UK Children's Hospital. Last year through
CMN, Kentuckians gave $1,052,000 to UK Children's
Hospital, reaching the Hospital's $1 million fund-raising
information about the Children's Miracle Network Celebration
and the auction or how to donate to the UK Children's
Hospital, call (859) 257-1121.