May 22 2007 - CMN Celebration Scheduled

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2007

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


All Funds Benefit Area Children Served by Trinity Mother Frances Health System

TYLER, TX - It is an annual event that allows viewers to watch some of their favorite entertainers for an entire weekend, while supporting children in their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The CMN Celebration will be telecast live June 2 and 3 from Wisenbaker Conference Center at Mother Frances Hospital. This year includes a wide array of national celebrities as well as local stories of children who have benefited from equipment and services provided through CMN funding. One hundred percent of funds raised benefit children treated through Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

This year's 2007 'Miracle Child' representing the Children's Miracle Network at Trinity Mother Frances Health System is lucky to be alive. Eleven-year old Chase Duncan was enjoying a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon on his bicycle when a motorcycle struck him. Champion EMS paramedics quickly arrived at the accident scene in Overton and determined that his injuries were serious, requiring immediate transport by Flight For Life helicopter to the Emergency Care Center at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Led by Dr. Luis Fernandez, chief trauma surgeon, the ER staff rapidly assessed Chase's injuries when he arrived at Mother Frances. CT and lab tests revealed that Chase had sustained a traumatic open right tibia fracture, fractured fibia, bruising of both lungs and contusions on his chest and body. He was immediately taken to surgery to stabilize the fracture with an external fixator frame and pins.

Chase was then moved to the Intermediate Care Center at Mother Frances Hospital for close observation. Two days later, Chase returned to surgery to irrigate the surgical site, remove damaged tissue and close the wound. While a patient at the Mother Frances Hospital Children's Center for the next four days, Chase received physical therapy and was monitored closely for complications.

According to Dr. Fernandez, “Chase suffered from a multi-level trauma and required a high level of acute services that we were able to provide at Mother Frances Hospital. This type of injury is highly unstable and requires immediate repair.”

Chase continues to heal and his positive outlook is an inspiration to his physicians and parents. According to Dr. Fernandez, “It is a miracle that Chase was able to survive a life-threatening accident like this and have such a great outcome.” Chase is grateful to be alive and looking forward to a bright future.

“CMN Miracle Children” are those, like Chase, who battle a medical trauma or serious illness. Mother Frances Hospital is one of 170 hospitals throughout North America that provide care for 14 million children and benefit from the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) organization. Last year, the CMN Celebration total was $604,630 locally. Generous funds donated throughout the year and during the telecast buy life saving equipment, and support special programs and educational materials for pediatric services offered through Trinity Mother Frances Health System. A community advisory committee, with representatives from area businesses that support the Children's Miracle Network, allocates the funds for specific pediatric services.

“The Celebration is an opportunity for Miracle Families to share stories of hope that were made possible through the generosity of local and national sponsors and contributors,” said Robin Rowan, Children's Miracle Network Director, Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “Viewers can enjoy a weekend of entertainment while supporting the children of east Texas.”

“As a mother, I want access to the best health care available in our community,” said Holly Austin, Celebration chairman. “Supporting the CMN Celebration helps provide the best equipment and technology available. It is an honor to serve in such an important position.” Ms. Rowan also noted the Celebration funds the Pediatric Special Needs Clinic, which is the only site in the region serving families whose children have chronic and complex medical conditions. Donations from the Celebration also provide the Mother Frances Hospital special care nursery with equipment to help care for at-risk newborns.

The Children's Miracle Network will broadcast its twentieth annual local Celebration June 2 & 3 on KYTX-19 TV, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and continuing until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. For more information about Children's Miracle Network or to become a CMN volunteer, please call 903-531-5437 (KIDS). For more information on other services provided by Trinity Mother Frances Health System, or to make an online donation, visit

To learn more about how you can help east Texas children like Chase Duncan, please call Robin Rowan, Director, Children's Miracle Network, at (903) 531-5437. One hundred percent of the funds raised for Children's Miracle Network locally stay right here at Trinity Mother Frances Health System to provide life-saving pediatric equipment and medical services to children in our area.

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