ACH was Family's "Umbrella" During Stormy Time
Submitted by Brad Lambert, father of patient Brandon
White Hall, AR
I want to start off by saying that words cannot express the true feelings of my family toward the wonderful people at Arkansas Children's Hospital, but I will try.
Our story begins with a helicopter ride from Pine Bluff to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Angel One had precious cargo as it carried our son Brandon. He had been born three weeks early, but we had no idea of what lay ahead for our family. All we knew was that his lungs weren't developed, and that he couldn't breathe on his own. The next three weeks were spent at ACH, and I want to tell you how the wonderful people at ACH helped to save our son's life, and preserve a very special gift from God.
Fear, Faith, Love and the special people at ACH were used by God to not only save Brandon, but save a family as well. How can one day, so loaded with blessings and happiness, be turned to fear and sadness? There was an overflow of support from family and friends. There was lots of prayer and guidance. Everything that was needed to bring our son home was there. There is an old saying that, "Faith is not just praying for rain, but Faith was carrying the umbrella." ACH was our umbrella.
The people at ACH are awesome at what they do, from the respiratory therapists, the nurse practitioners, all the nurses, to the counselors that led us through this difficult time. You find out really quick what kind of person it takes to work at ACH. They are great at what they do, but that's not all. They are caring. They are loving. They are supportive. They are always there for you, no matter what.
My wife and I spent three weeks living in the waiting room. We refused to leave, and they understood. Several times during those three weeks, we lost him, but they always brought him back. Each time was an emotional battlefield. The only thing I knew for sure was that God has blessed this place, and that he was in the best care possible.
We are the proud parents of a beautiful, 14-year-old daughter, and through the Grace of God and ACH, a 10-year-old son. He is a living testimony. He is totally healthy, athletic and a joy to be around. We will forever be grateful to ACH. It was one of the most difficult times in our lives, yet also one of the most blessed. Big things are coming from Brandon, and we owe it all to ACH. Thank you!
From all of us, Brad, Patti, Blair, and Brandon