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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to honor Wyatt Garab, 1, of Richlands, at the 32nd annual Celebration Broadcast

June 01, 2017 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Kids get headaches sometimes, and can even have growing pains. So when Wyatt Garab, 7, of Richlands told his parents his head hurt, they were concerned, but not alarmed. When his left arm weakened, then his left leg, his parents knew it meant something serious.

The local emergency medical service transported Wyatt to the hospital near his home, where they determined he had experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm, a type of swollen vessel, causing bleeding and a life-threatening condition. Vidant East Care airlifted him to James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center (VMC).

After his arrival, he underwent endovascular coiling surgery to stop the bleeding in his brain. He had a stroke that caused paralysis on his left side. Later, part of his skull was removed to relieve pressure on his brain while the area healed. These surgeries took eight-hours, and he remained at a high risk for additional strokes. Because a portion of his skull had been removed, Wyatt had to wear a helmet for protection for five months.

Throughout it all, he showed strength and a cheery outlook. He returned to school in January, where he’s resumed a normal boy’s life.

“Maynard Children’s Hospital saved his life,” his mom, Courtney Garab, said. “It sometimes seems like a nightmare, and it’s still fresh in my mind.”

Wyatt’s recovery was made possible by life-saving care at 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 Maynard Children’s Hospital.

Our 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 your gifts can make. In addition to Wyatt, this year’s miracle children include Sierra Scott, 13, of Williamston in Martin County; Braxton Manning, 1, of Havelock in Craven County; Rhettec Galaska, 11, of Greenville in Pitt County; and Jeremiah Seaberry, 11, of Dudley in Wayne County. For Wyatt and his family, time and excellent medical care made all the difference.

“This type of recovery takes about a year, and he will continue to improve,” Courtney Garab said. “It’s scary to think it could happen again, but knowing that children’s hospital is there is comforting for us. Everything that was done for Wyatt, you can’t be thankful enough.”

These days, Wyatt wears his scars with pride, lunging like his favorite superhero, Spiderman, and wearing his hair in a Mohawk style, shaved on the sides to show off his scar. This first -grader enjoys wearing his hair sprayed with temporary colors including his favorite, red.

“It’s been long journey, and there are new things,” she said, as the family adjusts to Wyatt’s recovery. “I pray for the day Wyatt will feel super-fast. He’s already learning to ride a bike again. It makes you appreciate life.”

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 for more information.

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