A Profile in Courage
A boy runs across the playground, sprinting from one activity to the next, beaming with excitement. His mom watches him, straining to keep up with his boundless energy. His name is Jordan, and he survived a horrific car accident.
Jordan was airlifted to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Marshfield with numerous injuries to his brain and body. Emergency reconstructive brain surgery was performed immediately. Jordan was then treated for a host of other injuries, including a partially collapsed lung, fractured collarbone and rib, blindness in one eye, and deafness in one ear. He spent two weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit and was then transferred to the pediatric unit.
Over the course of two months, Jordan worked with several therapists specializing in neurology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, as well as child life specialists, who prepared Jordan for procedures and helped him through his care. Throughout the process, Jordan remained upbeat and energetic, working hard toward recovery. His mother, Natalie, speaks fondly of the care he received from day one, particularly recognizing the support staff, which helped Jordan get back to being a kid again.
Today, as Jordan makes his way across the playground, he is surrounded by the smiles and laughter you’d expect to see in any group of kids. But there’s one smile that shines brighter than any of the others, and that’s Natalie’s. Because Jordan isn’t just any little boy – he’s the same little boy she’s always called her own.
Published October 2014