Grateful Grandparents Designate Gift for Future Generations
"I don't think anyone can truly appreciate how state-of-the-art Le Bonheur is now unless they had been in the old facility," said Le Bonheur donor Phoebe Miller. "The new hospital, especially the cardiac unit, is just incredible."
Phoebe and her husband Dan easily recognized the advancements in the medical technology now available to Le Bonheur patients after touring the hospital last year. Their grandson, Benjamin, was born with unsuspected critical heart complications including transposition of the great arteries with VSD (ventricular septal defect) and pulmonary stenosis.
He was airlifted from his birthing hospital to Le Bonheur and underwent cardiac catheterization when he was only eight hours old. Le Bonheur diagnosed his problem and saved his life in 2006, long before the new Le Bonheur was built.
"It was very scary for all of us," said Phoebe. "Benjamin was such a tiny little thing. We were so blessed to have wonderful physicians who knew what do for him."
Benjamin required additional surgery and Le Bonheur referred him for further treatment to another facility.
Today, Benjamin is a thriving 7-year-old who continues to receive his follow up care at Le Bonheur. "You'd never know he had been ill," Phoebe said. With much gratitude for having saved Benjamin's life, the Millers made a gift to the hospital in Benjamin's honor and also have made a commitment to name Le Bonheur a designated beneficiary of Dan's retirement plan.
"Now that Le Bonheur has a new Heart Institute, Benjamin can have his checkups here," said Phoebe. "To have been in the hospital then and to now see the new cardiac unit with the soft lights, playing classical music and larger patient rooms is wonderful. The fact that Le Bonheur has made this huge effort to provide this level of care inspired us to want to see this progress continue. We hope our gift will help Le Bonheur to continue growing and improving to meet the needs of children in all areas of the hospital.
"It's important for the community to pull together to support Le Bonheur as a valuable asset," Phoebe continued. "We hope our story will encourage others to give and support Le Bonheur either through an outright gift now or as a beneficiary in their will. Le Bonheur is a blessing for Memphis and to the Mid-South as well."