Children’s Center seeking holiday helpers to brighten Christmas

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An emergency C-section led to a devastating prognosis for the Grant family.

"They thought he was brain-dead," said Kim Grant, mother of Cohen.

It was a heart-wrenching development for a brand new mother.

She made funeral plans and told her oldest son his baby brother, Cohen, was going to heaven.

But, a miracle happened.

“The night before we were supposed to shut the ventilator off, Cohen showed a little bit of signs of life," she said.

Now, Cohen is 2 years old and lives at the Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

The hospital is a nonprofit agency that provides assistance to children free of cost.

"Before we came to The Children's Center, we accrued over $1 million worth of medical bills, which is insurmountable really,” Grant said. “And, that was just a few months of his life."

Grant said now she can focus on her family and knows Cohen is in good hands.

All 120 beds are full at the hospital.

Their biggest need?

“So, this is one of our primary needs right here at the hospital. We go through 5,200 diapers a week, which is staggering when you think about that and, as we grow, that number will continue to rise," said Melissa Richey with the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

That's why the Holiday Helper’s Campaign is so important.

It kicked off Tuesday with festive holiday music, Santa and his little helpers too.

They're hoping to keep the children happy and as healthy as they can be while they recover this holiday season.

"They deserve it. They're going through some really tough times in their life," Richey said. "Nobody wants to be in the hospital, especially not a child."

The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital is in the middle of adding 100,000 more square feet to treat 33 percent more children.

It's scheduled to open in the spring of next year.

To donate, visit the Children's Center website.

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