Dothan, AL - Thursday is Miracle Treat Day. One dollar of every blizzard sold at Dairy Queens will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The money raised locally will be donated to Children’s of Alabama. Last year the Birmingham hospital treated thousands of kids. Many are from right here in the Wiregrass.
Like Kayla Deal’s daughter. Thanksgiving Day will never be the same for her family. On that day in 2011, her kids were in an ATV accident. Her daughter, Halee, was pinned under the vehicle and wasn’t breathing.
“The doctors in Dothan and nurses said they did not think she had a chance to make it,” said Deal.
Halee was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama. Her parents rushed to Birmingham. Doctor’s were honest about Halee’s condition.
She had two fractures in her pelvis. Her liver was lacerated. Both lungs were bruised. One was collapsed. She had broken ribs, broken bone in her face. Said she probably wouldn’t make it through the night,” said Deal.
But she did. Halee stayed a total of three weeks at the hospital in Birmingham. Her mom says the level of care was something she’d never seen before.
“They deal with this stuff every day. So they know. They’ve seen these same accidents over and over again. They’ve seen these same illnesses over and over again with children,” said Deal.
In fact, they’ve treated patients from every county in the state, 41 other states and four foreign countries.
But it’s more than just a doctor’s diagnosis that makes a difference.
“The biggest thing that stuck out to me was when they left with her she was covered in gasoline. She was filthy from sliding across the ground. One of the first things the nurses did was combed her hair out. They braided her hair. Put pink ribbons in her hair. Things they didn’t have to do. You are a family when you are a patient there,” said Deal.
Now, Halee is just a normal ten year old.
“I want to play basketball. I’m looking forward to going back to school and seeing my friends,” said Halee.
While fifth grade is a pretty big deal, she’ll be forever thankful for the family she gained at Children’s.
“I think about that I couldn’t have made it if I hadn’t been there. How much they cared for me. And how much they cared for everybody else. They’re the nicest hospital. It’s nice if you donate because all the kids there are just sweet as can be,” said Halee.
With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S.