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One day while his family was preparing for a birthday party, two-year-old Lucas was outside playing. Suddenly with no warning, a tree limb crashed down on top of Lucas. EMTs arrived on the scene quickly and Lucas was airlifted from Abington Memorial Hospital to CHOP where he was a Level 1 trauma patient. His mom remembers being on the helicopter trying to remain calm while her son had blood coming out of his ears and laid unconscious. As she flew with him she thought – I don’t know what I’d do without my smiling, happy Lucas!

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia took great care of Lucas but also of his parents. Lucas remained in-patient for five months through his hospitalization and rehab. He still bears some residual injuries from the accident. Although Lucas is non-verbal and partially deaf, he is able to communicate with an iPad. His mom says his personality hasn’t changed since the accident and he has the same tenacity as he did before. Now five years old, Lucas attends kindergarten and loves school.

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