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Heroes at Greenville Children's Hospital
Dr. Augusto Morales, MD
We met Dr. Morales on May 27, 2009 at 7:00am. We were in our hospital room on the 6th floor. He looked at Neely briefly – but listened intently to everything that I described regarding her experience and symptoms leading up to that morning. It was such a relief to finally feel like I was being heard. Dr.Morales touched my hand, looked straight into my eyes and said, “Lets have hope, Mom. We’re going to be optimistic for Miss.Neely.”
He listened honestly, demonstrated genuine concern, and gave me the one thing I needed most at that moment – hope. Dr.Morales sets a standard in patient care and advocacy that every physician should aspire to reach. He fights for his patients and his patients love him for it.
Dr. Augusto Morales is a brilliant neurologist, a compassionate advocate for his patients, and our Hero.
Dr.Bill Schmidt, Medical Director-GHS
Dr.Bill Schmidt, met us in the hallway while en route to Neely’s next test. He introduced himself, asked about Neely’s condition, and assured us that we were in the best possible hands with Dr.Morales. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and even stopped in to check on Neely personally several times in the PICU. His sincerity and compassion for patients echos throughout the entire children’s hospital staff, and we felt very fortunate to have him on Team Neely.
It was on that 12th day that my husband and I took Neely to the Emergency Room at GHS Children’s Hospital, under the care of the hospital staff pediatricians. Once admitted to the hospital under their care, less than 5 hours went by before Neely’s team of physicians had scheduled an MRI, Spinal Tap, EEG, CT Scan, new films and new blood work.
We were in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for 7 days before moving to the Children’s Hospital and then to Roger C Peace. Neely had round-the-clock Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy. Every time we turned around there was a new evaluation or test to monitor her progress, and while those tests don’t come as frequently anymore, they haven’t stopped. Although, she continues to be monitored by her Neurologist and Therapists, Neely has made a full physical recovery. And we couldn’t have done it without the help of the staff at the Greenville Children’s Hospital and Roger C Peace.
Dr. Augusto Morales MD (University Medical Center) and the staff at GHS Children’s Hospital saved Neely’s Life. There truly are no words to describe the support and encouragement that we felt from Dr. Morales, the staff at Greenville Children’s Hospital and the staff at Roger C Peace. The words “Thank you” are grossly inadequate. At moments when we felt completely overwhelmed with fear and exhaustion, there was always someone there to comfort and encourage….helping us to continue to push forward. For that, my family and I are eternally grateful.
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