UNTER VOSS LOVES SPORTS—especially
basketball. For now, Hunter swings a baseball bat with his 4-year-old
brother in the backyard, but he has bigger dreams. First, he has
to convince his mother, Jackie, to let him get back in to the game.
His mom is understandably protective. Less than six months ago,
her lively 13-year-old son was confined to bed, unable to talk,
walk or move his left side. He was in serious condition when the
staff at CHRISTUS Schumpert’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
(PICU) first saw him. It was a mystery. What could have caused this
previously healthy boy to start experiencing serious neurological
problems? Even his eyesight began to be affected. The nurses on
the unit remember watching Hunter’s condition deteriorate,
worrying that he would die.
revealed the cause—a blood clot resulting from bleeding in
his brain had damaged the pathways in his brain. It may have been
the result of a stroke or traumatic injury.
If the bleeding didn’t stop, Hunter would probably not survive.
“We could only leave it to God and hope for the best,”
PICU Nurse Elizabeth Baudoin recalled. “We monitored his condition
the best we could and prayed.”
In fact, many people prayed. The congregations of two local churches
set up prayer chains. Family members in New York asked for prayers
there, while others set up prayer groups in Oklahoma, New York and
California. Miraculously, the bleeding stopped.
Eleven days after he was admitted to the PICU, Hunter was able to
leave the hospital. He still could not stand on his own and could
only walk with assistance. But over time, and with extensive physical
therapy, he has nearly returned to normal and only has a slight
weakness on one side.
The boy’s grandfather says Hunter is a walking miracle, evidence
that God has a purpose for everyone in life.
CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System