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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Braxton Manning, 1, of Havelock, at the 32nd annual Celebration Broadcast

June 01, 2017 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. - When Braxton Manning, 1, of Havelock was born, he weighed just 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Although at first he seemed to thrive, his family’s joy became worry when his doctors found necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious illness that attacks the intestines. He underwent emergency surgery to remove most of his small intestines, and half of the large.

While the operation cured the infection, there was no promise his intestines could recover. He wore an ostomy bag and a feeding tube. Yet a marvel of healing occurred when his intestines doubled in size – exceeding his mom’s hopes, and delighting his doctors.

“They’d never seen anything happen like that before,” his mom, Jasmine Brimage, said. “It was a shock.”

These days, Braxton is a happy, active little boy who is talking, and learning to walk. He eats normally and is healthy. “He’s doing great,” Jasmine said.

Braxton’s recovery was made possible by life-saving care at Vidant Medical Center (VMC). Thanks to the generosity of eastern North Carolina, thousands of children receive the specialized medical care they need, bringing them, and their families, the gift of hope and healing. 

This year’s Celebration Broadcast will be held on June 2 and 4, and will recognize the brave children and families who endured serious illness with heart and courage. The broadcast is aired by longtime partner, WITN and will celebrate these courageous kids and the thousands of children in eastern North Carolina who have received treatment at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at VMC.

The 2017 miracle children’s stories highlight just a few examples of the amazing care offered every day at Maynard Children’s Hospital. Their stories show the difference gifts can make. In addition to Braxton, this year’s miracle children include Wyatt Garab, 7, of Richlands in Onslow County; Sierra Scott, 13, of Williamston in Martin County; Rhettec Galaska, 11, of Greenville in Pitt County, and Jeremiah Seaberry, 11, of Dudley in Wayne County.

The Manning family’s time in Maynard Children’s Hospital – 4 ½ months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) – was less stressful because she knew they were in good hands.

“The NICU nurses are wonderful,” Jasmine said. “He had the best care, and the nurses and doctors were always willing to communicate what was happening to him.”

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32nd ANNUAL CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
CELEBRATION BROADCAST
Televised on WITN
8 - 11:30 p.m. – June 2
7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. – June 4

Call 252-847-5437 or 1-800-673-5437 or visit www.foundation.vidanthealth.com for more information.

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