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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Jeremiah Seaberry, 11, of Dudley, at the 32nd annual Celebration Broadcast

June 01, 2017 by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Sickle cell disease causes severe pain and complications in children like Jeremiah Seaberry, 11, of Dudley in Wayne County. After emergency gall bladder surgery in November 2016, thanks to the excellent care he received at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC), he was able to go home after four days.

These days, Jeremiah is a happy boy who enjoys video games, watching TV, and playing ball with his friends. He lives with his grandmother Portia Seaberry.

“He’s doing really well these days,” Portia said. “When he has a flare up, he begins treatment ahead of time. He’s a happy-go-lucky fellow.”

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. Because of the region’s unwavering support, these patients have access to the best possible care.

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 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 Jeremiah, this year’s miracle children include Wyatt Garab, 7, of Richlands in Onslow County; Sierra Scott, 13, of Williamston in Martin County; Braxton Manning, 1, of Havelock in Craven County; and Rhettec Galaska, 11, of Greenville in Pitt County.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder which affects the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. Children with this disease tire easily and have recurrent, crushing pain. They must receive continuous medical care that can restrict their ability to participate in many school and recreational activities.

His sickle cell disease is well managed these days, although as he gets older his symptoms, which come in cycles called crises, may worsen. His medical team has the best combination of medications for him, including a new drug that reduces his need for blood transfusions, and helps him live a more normal life.
Like many children with sickle cell, Jeremiah has had painful episodes, including one that required him to be airlifted to Maynard Children’s Hospital from his local hospital.

Having the right medications means he can feel better and enjoy life as a kid. He plays football with his friends, and at school, is on the football team. His coaches make sure he has the fluids and other support he needs.

“The coaches and other players know, and they don’t push him as hard,” Portia said.

Because sickle cell is a lifetime disease, Jeremiah must go to Maynard Children’s Hospital for blood transfusions every few weeks, and he is under the close, watchful care of his doctors.
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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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