MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Le Bonheur patients Ann and Mary Quay Wilson will be among the more than 25 children making a special trip to Washington D.C. on July 23-25 to advocate for children’s health care. Each of these children knows firsthand the importance of high quality, accessible pediatric care.
Born with spina bifida – a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth -- 5-year-old Mary Quay has received care and therapy at Le Bonheur since she was an infant. She was brought to Le Bonheur the day she was born for surgery. Older sister Ann, now 8, also received care at Le Bonheur for a soft clef palate, which was surgically repaired when she was almost 1 year old.
“Growing up in Memphis, we often took for granted the fact that we have not one but two hospitals dedicated to the care of children,” said Cathy Wilson, the girls’ mother. “Now that both of our daughters have received treatment at Le Bonheur, we know why children’s hospitals are so important. They’re uniquely qualified. Children are not just little adults.”
The eighth annual Children’s Hospital Association event, called Family Advocacy Day, offers a chance for patients and their families to share their stories with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“No one illustrates the importance of high quality children’s health care more effectively than a family who has received care at a children’s hospital,” said Maureen O’Connor, director of Public Policy at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “It is crucial for our elected officials in Washington to hear from families about their experiences. Their stories are powerful and help to give all children a voice about the need for access to high quality, affordable health care and the continuing development of a specialized pediatric workforce.”