When you are a parent and your child gets sick enough to be hospitalized, it can be traumatizing for everyone in the family. Nancy Naeve Brown met a family from Northeast Nebraska who had all three of their kids in the hospital at once and how Avera Sacred Heart made a hard situation a little easier on them.
Jamie and Chad Tramp from Crofton, Nebraska are very familiar with the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. Jamie had all three of her boys here, but more recently, all three of those boys were hospitalized here; all three at the same time. Trey, the youngest, got sick first with what mom and dad thought was a really bad case of the stomach flu and then Wyatt got it.
Jamie says, "They ran some tests and found out they both had rotovirus. They also found a parasite called giardia."
Extremely dehydrated the youngest two were admitted at the Avera Sacred Heart Pediatric Unit. The next day, the oldest of the 3, Ty got sick and joined his brothers in the hospital.
Avera Sacred Heart Pediatric Nurse Melissa Kludt says, "Rotovirus is a widespread illness throughout the world and in 3rd World Countries it kills children. So without hospital and IV fluids like we have here those boys would have been extremely ill. It took 5 days with IV fluids and therapy to get them back to be able to go back home again so it was absolutely necessary they were here."
One of the things the Tramps appreciated the most was how accommodating the staff was here at Avera Sacred Heart. They moved different beds in and out so all the boys could be in the same room and so could they.
Jamie says, "Very good, very accommodating, very helpful. It was a good experience, if there is a good experience of having kids in the hospital. They were very helpful."
It really helped that the family didn't have to travel back and forth long distances at a time for the week when the kids were sick. Everything they needed was right here. Their boys, the doctors and a staff who knows when your babies are sick, it's a family affair.