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Being prepared for anything

Vicki shoots video of Laurie and Sam in their kitchen.

Laurie Ackerman of Gilbert says she’d “do anything” for Cardon Children’s Medical Center. I’m not sure this was what she had in mind.

Laurie agreed to open her home to us Monday for a RAK Video shoot, part of  our ongoing family health series with Cardon Children’s.  The topic? Being prepared for home emergencies. Multimedia journalist Vicki Louk Balint, editorial intern Veronica Jones and I showed up with Cardon Children’s Public Relations Specialist Lindsay Butler Carrillo at about 10. Emergency room physician Joseph Winchell, M.D. (who’d been up all night on a shift!) arrived a bit later. And for the next two hours, we pretty much took over the place.

Sam I am!

Vicki shot some video of Laurie and her 15-month-old son Sam, who then went outside to play in the backyard while Vicki interviewed Winchell. (I can’t even put a complete sentence together when I’ve been up all night but this guy was so articulate you’d think he did video appearances for a living.)

I’ll let you watch the video, scheduled to post Feb. 23, to learn what Winchell told us. What I will share is the reason Laurie Ackerman was so willing to make her home the venue for our shoot.

Sam was born in 2009, just before Thanksgiving. Laurie, who’d suffered from preeclampsia, took her healthy baby home, but by Thanksgiving Day she grew concerned that something was seriously wrong. Her son’s stools were bloody. In fact, he was bleeding. Her doctor told her to watch it for awhile. If it didn’t get better, she was told, take Sam to the emergency room.

Playing with Mom.

That’s how she and Sam ended up at Cardon Children’s, where newborn Sam was admitted for two weeks while he battled a life-threatening blood infection.

Ackerman says the medical staff at Cardon Children’s saved her son’s life. That may be all in a day’s work to a doctor like Winchell, but to Laurie, it was nothing short of miraculous.

Photos (except the one below) by Veronica Jones.

Veronica Jones and Vicki Balint take pictures of a first aid kit at Laurie Ackerman's Gilbert home. Laurie is in the background; Sam was taking a well-deserved nap.