You probably have a family portrait on your desk or wall. What if one those family members wasn’t there for that photograph? The Donaldson family faced that possibility with their son, Nick. But thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children, the Donaldson family portrait is complete.
Christy Donaldson, Nick’s mom said, “I was on life support. This right here is where he was on life support…and you only weighed a pound and six ounces.”
Looking at the family photo album takes Christy Donaldson back to a scary time…the premature birth of her son, Nick.
Christy continued, “They basically just told me he was…there was a ten percent chance that he could survive. Ah, he was probably going to have a lot of health issues.”
Nick spent the first four months of his life in the neo-natal unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Over the years Kosair Children’s has received $27 million in grants from the Crusade. Those grants have provided a trained staff and specialized medical equipment to help children like Nick at the most critical time of their lives.
These days, Nick is a student at Cedar Grove Elementary in Shepherdsville. He’s now ten-years-old and except for minor asthma flare ups he has no lingering side effects from being born at only 1 lb. 6 ounces.
Here’s what Nick had to say, “I like to go swimming. I like to play video games 24-7!”
Christy says Nick is a caring child who completes the Donaldson family portrait…a portrait realized thanks in part to everyone’s generosity to the Crusade.
Christy sums it up this way, “I didn’t know the meaning of Crusade until you come across situations like this.”