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It’s a terrible thing to see your child suffer. And knowing that these little ones aren’t old enough to understand what they’re experiencing or express their pain and fears can make it all the more heartbreaking.

When Ben was born six weeks early, his parents, Kate and Clay, were not prepared for the scary news that immediately followed. They were told that Ben had CHARGE Syndrome, a complex genetic syndrome that affects 1 in 10,000 children and often causes life-threatening birth defects. In Ben’s case, almost every body system is affected, from his hearing and eyesight to his ability to swallow.

Ben spent the first two years of his life in and out of hospitals. His health had steadily declined until he was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon with acute respiratory illness. Within the first 24 hours, doctors and nurses accomplished nothing short of saving his life several times, and just three weeks later, he returned home in good health.

Miracles like this happen every single day at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, thanks to doctors and other caregivers who have the skills, dedication and commitment to care for medically complex children like Ben. We rely on the support of friends like you who enable us to continue our lifesaving mission of providing exceptional health care to all children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

We are blessed to have the faith and trust of Ben and his family, and to have friends like you who support our lifesaving work. Your heartfelt donation will not only impact the lives of the children in our care, but also contribute to our Mission:

“Through our exceptional health care services,
we reveal the healing presence of God.”

Cardinal Glennon kid Ben Smith and his Family

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