Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Moment: Blakelynn Sharkey

The Children’s Miracle Network got its start in 1983 with the mission to help cover the cost of medical care for children. Since then, they have raised over seven billion dollars, most donations raised only one dollar at a time. Children’s hospitals like Monument Health rely on the kind donations of their communities to improve the lives of as many children as possible.

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Blakelynn Sharkey was born to Shelby Sieveke after only 25 weeks of gestation. When she was born, Blakelynn was just 1 pound 6 oz. She spent the first 107 days of her life in the NICU at Monument Health Hospital. According to Sieveke, “It was the longest and scariest roller coaster ride of our lives.” Blakelynn underwent a PDA ligation surgery and was flown out to Omaha Children’s Hospital at 32 weeks, at this point only weighing 2 pounds 12 oz. She was on a ventilator for 13 weeks due to her extremely premature lungs and had been hooked up to many IVs and monitors. After 107 days Blakelynn was finally able to go home with a heart monitor and oxygen. Sieveke and her family are thankful for all the nurses and doctors who helped give her daughter the life she has today. “Blakelynn had many odds stacked against her, all the caregivers in the NICU were amazing and quickly became our second family. We truly believe they are angels sent here to help God perform miracles. We are especially thankful to Dr. Benn and all of his expertise,” says Sieveke.

Today, Blakelynn is a beautiful 21-month-old girl and meeting all her milestones.

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