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I am a proud citizen of a small community. Sometimes we take for granted the benefits of living next to family and lifelong friends. There are also times we overlook great services in our small community.
At 5 a.m. Jan. 26, my family was faced with a true emergency. My 2-year old son, Seth, woke from his sleep and was gasping for each breath. We had to make some very quick decisions and time was our enemy. Snow had just covered the roads, and I had to drive very carefully with my son struggling to breathe in the back seat.
I take my children to Louisville to visit our pediatrician when they are sick, but in this situation I knew there was only one place I could go and it took us almost 30 minutes to get from our house to Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
There, Dr. Brent Madison and staff immediately began working on Seth. He was in complete panic at that time, and they did an excellent job. After giving instructions, Dr. Madison held him while the wonderful nurses did their work. He received a breathing treatment and steroid shot that immediately opened his airway. Dr. Madison diagnosed him with RSV and the croup in the emergency room that morning.
After getting him stable we moved on to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. We spent six nights there, and after trying several different treatments for his condition, they went back to the exact same treatment he received at the ER in Carrollton.
I would like to thank Dr. Madison, Anna McCane, Suzan Goss, Jodie Kemper, Jill Sachleben and the entire staff on duty at CCMH that morning for doing such an extraordinary job with our son. I would also like to thank all those people who have continued to fight hard through rough times to keep the hospital in our community open.
I have no doubt that things could have turned out very differently for our family that morning, if we had not had an ER close by to administer the proper treatment.
We also want to thank our many friends, family and The First Baptist Church of Carrollton for everyone’s concern and prayers. It was an uneasy time for us, but we were comforted by the love of a great God and a great community.
We are certain Seth had a lot of people pulling for him. Please be thankful that we do have a facility in our community that can save lives.
We should not take that for granted.
Angela, Chad, Taylor and Seth Franklin