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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Jeannette Seabury, 2, of Carteret County, one of this year’s Miracle Children, at the 31st annual Celebration Broadcast

June 03, 2016 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- At only six days old, preemie Jeannette Seabury underwent surgery to repair a serious blood vessel defect and developed a life-threatening clot in her abdominal artery.

She received medication to break up the clot, and began improving, her mother, Jessica Siggler, says. While her recovery was steady, it was not without obstacles. At one point, clots affected Jeannette’s kidneys, and she was on dialysis, struggling to gain strength.

During a total of nine months in the hospital, Jeannette slowly healed and grew strong and went home with her mother in February 2015. Today she enjoys the experiences of childhood, learning to push her toys, and cuddling her loved ones. Since she spent her first few months hospitalized, it’s taken some time to get used to the outdoors. “She likes to go for walks in her stroller,” Jessica says. “I like to take her to the park, and I think she will love swings.”

Jeannette and other miracle children and their families will share their amazing stories of recovery at the 31st annual Celebration Broadcast on June 3 and 5, while celebrating the healing that’s made possible through donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donors’ generosity helps make sure the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center has the most advanced treatments possible for children in eastern North Carolina.

This year’s telethon is shining a special spotlight on the equipment and programs donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At Maynard Children’s Hospital, children are welcomed by colorful, cheerful settings that reassure them during what may be a scary hospitalization. Contributions help fund diversions to reduce their fear, and ease pain they may feel.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one of every 10 children in North America. The network is big, but 100 percent of your contributions stays right here in eastern North Carolina.

This year’s miracle children have bravely faced difficult illnesses, but today they are enjoying fun childhood activities with their friends and families.

Because she has mosaic Down’s syndrome, Jeannette will continue to develop at her own pace, but so far, her mother is delighted with her progress.

“She’s great, and although she’s on a ventilator, she’s crawling all over the place, learning to stand, pulling up on things by herself," Jessica says. She hopes her daughter will be well enough to breathe on her own soon.

Jessica says the staff at Maynard Children’s Hospital made sure they were always reassured and comfortable during the difficult, uncertain illness.

“We spent most of our time in the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit), and the nurses are great,” Jessica says. “They care about all of their patients, and make sure that if you need anything, you get it. It’s like a family.”

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