Six-year-old Children's Hospital patient visits Capitol

October 05, 2011

Six-year-old Miracle Child Aiden Stowe, the Pennsylvania Champion in the Champions program by Children’s Miracle Network, visited the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in preparation for his travels later this month to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. to highlight the work of children’s hospitals. Aiden, a grateful patient treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, and his family shared his inspiring story with Gov. Tom Corbett, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, State Rep. Bryan Cutler, and Attorney General Linda Kelly.

Aiden’s life changed in an instant around 1 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2008. At the age of 3, Aiden’s skull was fractured after he was forcefully thrown from his father’s truck. While in the hospital, he suffered a right middle cerebral artery stroke cause by his damaged carotid artery. During his 43-day stay at the Children’s Hospital, Aiden received inpatient rehabilitation. He was discharged on Dec. 13, 2008 with limited mobility on his left side and left hand. Aiden’s spirit stayed positive, even on his worst days. His warm heart and signature “thumbs up” brought smiles to everyone around him. Today, he is a typical boy who loves trucks, tractors, construction equipment and playing in the dirt with his sister.

Aiden’s mom, Angeline Stowe, shared, “It is because of Children's Miracle Network and the staff at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital that we are here today.”

Every year, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These Champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals annually. The Champions and their families will travel to Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. in October to highlight the vital work of children’s hospitals.

  • Aiden Stowe, 6, Pennsylvania's Children's Miracle Network Champion for 2011, visited with Gov. Tom Corbett and other state governmental leaders on Oct. 5, during a State Capitol Day as he and his family prepare to represent children's hospitals nationally in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla. later this month.

    IMAGE: Megan Manlove

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Last Updated October 06, 2011