When Tragedy Strikes
At only four years old, Caleigh was struck by a car while walking with her grandmother in downtown London. Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Upon arrival, Caleigh was admitted to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit. For nine days, her family gathered around her small body as she lay in a coma. Doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to give Caleigh a fighting chance at survival and survive she did!
Caleigh suffered severe head trauma with multiple skull fractures, a broken leg and a lacerated spleen. The head trauma caused injury to the right side of her brain and she required two rods in her leg to hold her femur bone together. In total, Caleigh spent five weeks in the hospital and made amazing progress despite a grim prognosis early on.
The Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital helped Caleigh to normalize her hospital experience. “I loved going to school. Since I was in the hospital, I couldn’t attend school and that made me really sad. However, I remember every single day I would go to the Child Life room, play with the toys and get to interact with kids that were going through similar experiences as me,” remembers Caleigh.
After she was discharged from the hospital, Caleigh still had a long journey of recovery ahead of her. She visited Children’s Hospital regularly for doctor’s appointments and speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Today, Caleigh is 16 years old. The effects of her injuries still remain, and will continue to affect her for the rest of her life. Despite everything she has been through, Caleigh is grateful for the positive outcome.
“I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but now I realize that I was at the best place I could have been, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. The care that was given to me was incredible.”
Caleigh’s life was saved with specialized paediatric equipment. Her hospital experience was brightened by the Child Life Program. All of that was possible because of generous support of donors like RE/MAX. Across our region, RE/MAX agents donate through every home they sell. For over 25 years, RE/MAX has been a partner of Children’s Miracle Network, supporting kids’ health in communities across Canada. Thank you RE/MAX agents and customers for ensuring that our kids have access to the very best health care, when they need it most!