Inspired by their Own Kids Care Childrens National Employees Give Back
"Children's National Saved My Daughter's Life" "In 2007, I decided to work at Children’s National because I wanted to support the organization that had recently saved my daughter’s life—twice. Both times she was treated for seizures, and Children’s National provided unique touches that told me it was a special place. The first time, after she arrived by ambulance, the medic gave her a teddy bear. Things like that make a children's hospital different from any other hospital. "As I sat by Chloe’s bed, feeling helpless, I was keenly aware that the nurse seated at the edge of her bed was constantly focused on her and her vital signs -— and was always willing to answer any questions my wife and I had. Once, when I sat in the cafeteria, a staff member walked up to me, put her hands firmly on my shoulders, and said, ‘It’s going to be okay.’ "With these experiences fresh on my mind, I joined Children’s National as an employee six months later. I support the hospital because I am thankful for the treatment Chloe has received—and I know that so many other families are going through similar experiences every day.” —Mark Miller, Associate Vice President, Philanthropic Marketing and Communications
A Surgeon Puts His Son in the Hands of his Colleagues “I have been a part of the Children’s National family for 28 years. While I understand theoretically how parents must trust the doctors who literally hold their children’s lives in their hands, it wasn’t until my own son needed help that I truly experienced how this felt. "My youngest child, Nico, has a heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Over time, his condition became critically worse. We turned to the place I had worked for years and to cardiologist Charles Berul. Nico was taken care of within one week. Dr. Berul did an incredible job with a complicated procedure. Nico has not had an episode for two years now, and our family could not be more grateful for the incredible life-saving work that Dr. Berul performed. I know we can continue to do great work at Children’s National when we all come together in support of the hospital.” —Michael Boyajian, MD, Pediatric Plastic Surgeon
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