(May 1, 2017) – A child’s one-true wish is often categorized as inspirational, heartwarming, innovative and imaginative. In the case of 8-year-old Savannah, her one-true wish encompasses all the above. Savannah, who is currently battling leukemia, has wished to be a mommy for a day.
Savannah’s heartfelt wish will be granted on Friday, May 12th, just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend. This mommy-to-be, will be transported by limousine from her home in Pacific, MO to Mercy Hospital St. Louis – the same hospital where she receives treatment for her leukemia. Savannah will arrive to a surprise mini baby shower (aka “sprinkle”) and will be treated with gifts, breakfast, and even a manicure and pedicure.
Next, Savannah’s life will change as she heads to Mercy’s Labor and Delivery to meet her new “baby” and receive her baby doll daughter’s official “birth certificate”. Afterwards, new mommy Savannah will be wheeled down to her postpartum suite on the Mother/Baby floor to share the excitement with her family and friends.
After visitors “ooh” and “ahh” over the new addition, Savannah will attend a newborn class, where she will learn how to properly care for her bundle of joy after she leaves the hospital, including feeding, swaddling, and bathing. Next, Savannah will tour the nursery before heading to the baby’s first check-up with Savannah’s own doctor, Dr. Heather Betchel, Mercy Kids oncologist.
From there, everyone will head from Mercy Hospital to the Magic House for an afternoon of mommy/daughter fun. Savannah will end her wish day with some much deserved ice cream before traveling home with her new baby doll bundle of joy.
Please contact Brian Miller, Marketing Associate for Make-A-Wish Missouri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-681-7797 for more information.
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About Make-A-Wish Missouri
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Missouri has granted wishes to more than 6,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, the local chapter will grant more than 330 wishes. According to a U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
For more information about Make-A-Wish Missouri and how you can share the power of a wish®, please visit our website (mo.wish.org) and connect with us on Facebook (makeawishmo), Twitter (@makeawishmo), Instagram (@makeawishmo) and YouTube (MakeAWishMO).
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 43 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 859-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center, a comprehensive children's hospital and a surgery center.