User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


34° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Five Years Of Saving Lives

June 5, 2014, 6:00 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Five Years Of Saving Lives
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's been five years since Sanford Children's Hospital opened its doors in Sioux Falls. Since then, doctors at the hospital have helped thousands of children. Without the castle, some of those kids would have had to travel to larger cities for medical care.

Six-year-old Charlee Peskey is full of energy and life.

"It's quite entertaining to watch her," Charlee's dad, Ryan Peskey, said.

Her parents couldn't imagine life without her, yet that was exactly what the couple was facing when Charlee was born.

"She was the size of a pop can. Our rings went over her wrists," Ryan said.

Charlee weighed just one pound, six ounces. Doctors had to deliver her 16 weeks early because her mom, Melissa, had a life-threatening complication during pregnancy.

"We didn't have a choice. It was either deliver or die," Melissa said.

Thankfully, doctors were able to give Charlee a 70 percent chance of surviving.

"It's crazy how much stuff they can do these days with the medical advances," Ryan said.

Since Sanford Children's Hospital was built five years ago, the Peskeys have used the hospital every year. Charlee had a feeding tube for five years and got feeding, respiratory and physical therapy at the castle. Her little brother, Axton, also stayed at the hospital after he was born because of jaundice.

"Now we've been able to have almost the full gamut of services here at Sanford Children's," director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Carol Cressman, said.

Doctors at Sanford Children's Hospital treat nearly 3,600 children every year. The hospital has also been able to expand the services offered for kids with cancer and those with kidney failure. Along the way, they've also worked to improve the hospital stays not only for patients, but also their families.

"When we built the Children's Hospital. One of the biggest things we wanted to do is to have space for families, to make sure they didn't feel like they were in the way," Cressman said.

It's all been designed to pave the way for moments like this.

"I thank God every single day for our family. We have been through such crazy obstacles, and I think it's brought us closer together because of it. They are amazing little miracles, and there's nothing better," Melissa said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Nate's Heart Inspires Giving

1/21/2015 5:55 PM

At first his teammates thought Nate was just messing around, but his coaches quickly realized something was wrong and jumped to action.

Full Story | Watch
5 More Flu-Related Deaths Reported In SD

1/23/2015 11:42 AM

The latest report from the South Dakota Department of Health shows that 23 people have died from the virus this season.

Full Story
1-Year-Old Battles Brain Cancer

1/22/2015 1:52 PM

Ethan Lenhoff has been through three surgeries to remove a brain tumor.

Full Story
New Case Of Measles Confirmed In SF

1/24/2015 5:55 PM

The South Dakota Department of Health confirms that there's a new case of measles here in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
An Early Battle With Cancer

1/22/2015 6:19 PM

1-year-old Ethan Lenhoff is a happy little boy, even though he's already been through very difficult situations.

Full Story | Watch


Events