Miracle Child Talan - Penn State Hershey Children's Miracle Network
The day that Talan was born - Talan was born at 4:30 in the afternoon. We knew about his heart condition. When I was 19 weeks pregnant they determined that he was going to have a heart condition.
We had no idea about his missing skin and scalp on the top of his head. There's no skin and scalp down to the layer before his brain. So we had to cover it as fast as we could. And we did that in a series of operations. And that was the immediate threat to his life.
The one doctor I can just remember saying, he's probably has about a 5% chance to make it through the first surgery. When you know that your child has a 95% chance of not surviving, it's a very, very tough thing to swallow. We walked into the NICU and he was as white as a ghost, and that was a turning point. But you hold onto that 5%.
[ Music ] Talan means a strong fighter. It kind of matches a unique name with a unique story. [Laughter] Here we go. If you see this little guy, you know, you wouldn't think that he had anything wrong with his head at all. He has just been a complete miracle. Can you say hi? Hi. He's a very active, engaging young man. Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? He's a piece of work.
He's tiring. I love him dearly, but he is tiring. [Child talking] Talan was such a sick little boy, and now he's this firecracker of a little boy. To have been a little part of it is immensely rewarding. Why'd you wipe it off? Hello. Without CMN and without Hershey Medical Center, I'm not even sure we would have Talan today. Every day is a gift.
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