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Avera Children's Champion

The Avera Children's Champion award recognizes how young patients not only cope with their illness or injury, but how they overcome obstacles with patience, courage, strength and even joy.

Our Current Avera Children's Champion

Congratulations Drake! Drake is a ten year-old boy who is very deserving of being the Avera Children’s Champion. Drake and his grandmother were on their way to the carnival to play some games when they were unfortunately involved in an accident. Drake was brought to Avera Children’s PICU by helicopter.

Throughout Drake’s two and half week stay, he spent several days in the PICU recovering from his injuries. Pediatric RN stated, “Even when Drake was intubated, he was cooperative and followed our directions. He is an incredibly brave boy for all he had been through.” Throughout all his treatments, surgeries and dressing changes he always was polite to staff and kept a positive attitude. He worked hard to gain his strength (physically and mentally) along with his mobility back.

After a week in the PICU, he was able to transfer to the Pediatric floor where he enjoyed playing the Wii game: “Are You Smarter than A 5th Grader” with family, and taking walks to the playroom. Even though at times the days were rough and full of emotions, with support from Avera staff and Drake’s family he was well informed with what to expect with each stage of recovery. Drake was always full of new ideas and ways to help the nurses with repositioning and dressing changes. Drake always would ask “What can I do to go home faster.” Drake has overcome a lot throughout his hospitalization and is on his way to a speedy recovery! We couldn’t be more proud of you, Drake! Congratulations on becoming our Avera Children’s Champ!!

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