Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Featured on “In America” with James Earl Jones

Highlights Need for Improved Care for Injured Children during the Golden Hour

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2016) – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma was featured on “In America” hosted by James Earl Jones on PBS affiliates throughout the U.S. The video segment highlighted two pediatric trauma survivors and their families, as well as the need for an improved system of pediatric trauma care.

Weezie Broughton was hit by a car while crossing the street when she was 11 years old. Meredith Cross fell off a horse when she was 15 years old. Both girls sustained traumatic brain injuries, multiple surgeries and extensive hospital stays. Their families are now advocates for improving pediatric trauma care for all children in the U.S.

“Kids are injured by car wrecks, falls, playing sports, drowning, fires, poisoning and many other ways,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “The holidays can mean increased travel and many opportunities for kids to get hurt. Families may be far from their usual hospital and emergency care team. It’s critical for EMS and hospitals to have the right tools when a child is injured, no matter where they are, because the first 60 minutes can make a difference in survival and recovery.”

The Childress Institute is raising awareness about the need for improved pediatric trauma care during the Golden Hour, or first 60 minutes after a serious injury. The Institute profiled 24 pediatric trauma stories in November to highlight that one child dies every hour, every day from pediatric trauma. If you or someone you know has a child that has been seriously injured, please share your story and tag #OurGoldenHour.

Traumatic injury is the No. 1 killer of children in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 10,000 children each year. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. The Childress Institute funds research, education and advocacy to save injured kids.

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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries, and many more are treated in the emergency room. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit to learn more.