“Difficult hurdles give us an appreciation for living others don’t have.”
Today’s story is about Janie Hite.
My name is Janie Hite. I am 4, a big girl now. Thanks to my dad and another kind man I’m alive today.
I was born with serious problems most babies don’t have. The medical terms don’t matter – they’re just big words. With some luck and good care, I’ll be fine. I won’t grow up to typical height. I’ll look a bit different. But I can live a long, happy life.
When I was 2, I almost died. Two men saved my life — Dr. Ben Carson and my dad.
“Emergency surgery,” the doctors exclaimed. The problem? Something scary called “water on the brain.” I needed a difficult operation few knew how to do. I needed it right then to keep me alive.
My dad flew into action. He learned that one man in the country was my best hope. His name ‐ Dr. Ben Carson. The problem? He is a busy, important man. Few can even reach him.
Dr. Ben Carson is Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. President Bush gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. That is the highest civilian award in the U.S. Some even tell Dr. Carson he should run for President. He’d sure have my vote!
It was a long shot, but my father was determined to reach Dr. Carson — even in the middle of the night. So at 2:00 in the morning, a few hours before my surgery, Dad sent him an urgent email.
Dr. Carson later told us “something” woke him at a crazy early hour. He checked the email on his phone and saw the note from my dad.
Even though he had two other surgeries that morning, he reviewed my records, spoke with my dad, advised the doctors on my surgery, took me as a patient and personally performed another serious surgery I needed a few months later.
After I was feeling better, we asked Dr. Carson, “What do you think woke you so early, made you see our email, and decide to help?” He pointed his finger up to the sky. All I know is that without that nice Dr. Ben Carson and my amazing dad, I wouldn’t be here today.
Just watch. I’m going to grow up to do special things. My path may be a bit tougher than most, but that’s OK. It will make me strong. For my age, I think it already has.
Dad says difficult hurdles give us an appreciation
for living others don’t have. He’s right.