It was just an ordinary day. Matt and his brother Nick were playing in the woods, like they always do. But this time, as they played, Nick accidentally speared Matt in the head with a stick. Matt began to experience a loss of feeling and use on the right side of his body.
His family rushed him to the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where imaging revealed that Matt’s skull had been fractured and had impacted his brain. With time being of the absolute essence, Dr. Sribnick recommended an emergency craniotomy be conducted immediately. Much to Matt’s family’s relief – the surgery was successful and everything went smoothly. Matt made a quick recovery and spent only a few days in the PICU before being released to recover in the inpatient rehabilitation unit.
The Trauma Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level 1 trauma centers in the nation. Our program is supported by a wide-range of pediatric surgical sub-specialists including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anesthesia, and pediatric trauma surgery. Patients also benefit from outstanding support services which includes our state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides comprehensive, family-centered, rehabilitative services to meet the physical, developmental, social, psychological, and educational needs of our patients and families.
After working hard in both physical therapy and occupational therapy, Matt is now back to his normal self, acting like a typical 6th grader. He has a serious passion for sports, especially football. Even though he can’t play, he’s a true football statistician and knows all the ins and outs of the sport.
“Honestly, we just can’t thank Dr. Sribnick or Nationwide enough,” says Kristen, Matt’s mother. “His life was saved. It’s that simple. Family. That’s what we got back when Nationwide Children’s saved our son’s life. For us, that means absolutely everything. No need to say more.”
To Matt, being a patient champion for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon gives him the opportunity to say thank you to his live-savers, the nurses and doctors at Nationwide Children’s who took care of him, and told him “everything will be okay.” Matt is cognizant of others’ feelings and enjoys helping those around him whenever he can. And that’s just what he’ll be doing on race day at his mile – helping the race participants push through their challenges and carry on to the finish line.