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Berea Boy Featured on Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast

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Josh’s best option for treatment was the use of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. Using this machine, blood is drained from the patient’s body through tubes. The blood is then oxygenated and the carbon dioxide is removed. The blood is warmed and then returned to the body through more tubes. With the ECMO machine doing the work of Josh’s heart and lungs, his tiny body was given time to heal.

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June 5, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Joshua Sabol, 14 months old, son of Charita Sabol and Ted Sabol, of Berea, will be featured as a "champion" during the "2003 Children's Miracle Network Celebration" June 6-8. The annual television fund-raiser benefits the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Josh is now a healthy, active boy, but he came close to death during his first few weeks of life.

Born March 27, 2002, at a Lexington, Ky., hospital, Josh stooled in utero before delivery and was in respiratory distress. He also had a serious infection. He was transported to UK Children’s Hospital and arrived in critical condition.

Josh was placed on a special ventilator and given nitric oxide gas to help lower the blood pressure in his lungs. His body had difficulty getting vital oxygen to his organs. His family stayed with him as he struggled to survive.

Josh’s best option for treatment was the use of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine. Using this machine, blood is drained from the patient’s body through tubes. The blood is then oxygenated and the carbon dioxide is removed. The blood is warmed and then returned to the body through more tubes. With the ECMO machine doing the work of Josh’s heart and lungs, his tiny body was given time to heal.

“We thought Josh could survive if he was given enough time,” said Lori Shook, M.D., a neonatologist and associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, UK College of Medicine. “For Josh, it was truly a life-saving measure.”

After 186 hours on ECMO, Josh’s body was ready to thrive without the machine.

“He was on ECMO for eight days, and when he was removed from the machine, he was just like a whole new child,” Charita said.

Josh 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), WYMT-TV, Channel 57 (Hazard). Co-hosts are Barbara Bailey and Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV and Neil Middleton of WYMT-TV.

The UK Children’s Hospital is the local beneficiary for the 16th year of the annual Children’s Miracle Network campaign to raise money for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

All proceeds raised from the broadcast stay in Kentucky to benefit the UK Children’s Hospital, the only participating hospital in the state. In the past 16 years, CMN has raised more than $8.5 million for the UK Children’s Hospital. Last year through CMN, Kentuckians gave $1 million to UK Children’s Hospital.

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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