touched his hand and arm and I thought it was going
to be the only time I would see my baby alive."
mother of 3-year-old Brady Callahan.
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24, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Brady Callahan, who will be 3 in July, son of April
and Billy Callahan, of Somerset, 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.
is an appropriate term for Brady, who survived life-threatening
odds when he entered the world 13 weeks early. April
Callahan only saw her son for a brief moment before
he was airlifted from Somerset to the University of
Kentucky Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care
his hand and arm and I thought it was going to be
the only time I would see my baby alive," April said.
was a very sick premature baby. Before he even arrived
at UK, he had to be resuscitated.
Brady arrived, he was very sick," said Nirmala Desai,
M.D., neonatologist at the UK Children's Hospital
and professor of pediatrics, University of Kentucky
College of Medicine. "We really anticipated severe
problems - cerebral palsy or severe mental retardation.
We were not even sure if he was going to make it or
his two-month stay in the NICU, the Callahans were
told several times their baby might not survive.
April and Billy Callahan were able to take their first
child home. In December, Brady was discharged from
UK's developmental clinic and his parents were told
he was developing at a normal rate with no severe
problems or delays.
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,
WYMT-TV. During 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 donors. The broadcast 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 Hospital.
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. All proceeds raised
in Kentucky stay in Kentucky to benefit the UK Children's
Hospital, the only participating hospital in the state.
In the 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.