The Cross family learned how important it is to have appropriately trained first responders and a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center to provide emergency care. Their 15-year-old daughter Meredith was riding her horse without a helmet when she fell off, hitting the back of her head on a concrete pad. She sustained a life-threatening head injury that required emergency air transportation, CT scans and care from pediatric neurosurgeons. Meredith’s care included multiple procedures and surgeries by highly skilled pediatric specialists that were available at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.

Because of the expert care she received, Meredith was able to make a full recovery, eventually returning to school and playing in the marching band. In the years since, Meredith still struggles with headaches but she has graduated from high school and is now attending college. Meredith and her family are strong advocates for improving pediatric trauma care and wearing helmets!

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