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Williamsburg Boy Featured on Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast

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Even though Colen, now 14, lives 102 miles from Lexington, his annual checkups from UK doctors are within walking distance of his home. UK cardiologists hold regional heart clinics on a regular basis throughout Eastern Kentucky. Doctors are able to bring an echocardiogram machine and diagnose children in or near their hometowns.

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June 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Colen Elswick, 14, son of Raymond Moore and Charlotte Elswick, of Williamsburg, will be featured as a “champion” during the “2003 Children’s Miracle Network Celebration” June 6-8.

During the summer of 1994, Colen’s mother, Charlotte, noticed the youngster had trouble physically keeping up with children his age. She remembers when her 5-year-old son was playing basketball one particularly hot day and suddenly sat down. His mouth and fingernails were blue.

Colen was referred to a pediatric cardiologist at UK and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect, a hole between the two sides of the heart, in the atrial septum.

Open heart surgery was performed on Colen to repair the defect.

“Fortunately, there are some defects that, when corrected, the heart heals,” said Jacqueline Noonan, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and professor emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, UK College of Medicine. “It is helpful that Colen’s heart defect was repaired at a young age because there’s less chance of later complications. I think his future is bright.”

Even though Colen, now 14, lives 102 miles from Lexington, his annual checkups from UK doctors are within walking distance of his home. UK cardiologists hold regional heart clinics on a regular basis throughout Eastern Kentucky. Doctors are able to bring an echocardiogram machine and diagnose children in or near their hometowns.

“Basically, Colen’s life was given back to him at UK,” said his mother.

Now, with a healthy heart and lots of energy, Colen gives back to hospitalized children by delivering toys and goodies on Christmas and Easter.

His fund-raising efforts include saving aluminum cans and doing yard work. He also sells autographed pictures of UK basketball Coach Tubby Smith and raffles off basketballs autographed by Smith.

Colen is an honor roll student at Williamsburg Elementary School, where he received a good citizenship award for his efforts at the UK Children’s Hospital. Colen also has been named a “Kentucky Colonel.”

“I think we've all been impressed by Colen being so concerned with other people,” Noonan said.

Colen and other children will be recognized as “champions” during the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration, which will be broadcast June 6-8 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 of WKYT-TV, and Neil Middleton of 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 Celebration will be broadcast from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 6; from noon
to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to bring their children to Fayette Mall to participate in the Kid’s Health and Safety Fest, a collection of free fun activities hosted by UK Children’s Hospital.

During televised hours of the Celebration, call (859) 272-2220 or toll-free (800) 474-4132 to make a donation. To make a donation before or after the Celebration is being broadcast, or to receive more information about the Children’s Miracle Network, call (859) 257-1121. Or donate now by clicking here.


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