MIRACLE KID STORY: Luke and Caroline Puckett.
Siblings Luke and Caroline Puckett both visit doctors at Batson Children’s Hospital, but for vastly different reasons. Caroline has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition that caused the left side of her heart to not develop correctly. Caroline and her family were forced to travel out of state for three separate open heart surgeries. Thankfully, the Children’s Heart Center opened in 2010, so pediatric heart patients like Caroline can now receive care at home without having to leave the state. Luke, on the other hand, was born with spina bifida, a condition where the spinal column does not close completely. At 3 months old, Luke underwent a procedure at Batson Children’s Hospital. Though he has no feeling in his feet, doctors believe with continued physical therapy Luke will be able to walk with the assistance of leg braces. The siblings regularly see specialists at Batson Children’s Hospital for check-ups and have found encouragement and strength in one another.