It’s been several years since a suddenly out-of-control backyard bonfire severely injured Isaiah Struck. Then just 3 years old, Isaiah was engulfed in flames and suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, legs and one hand.
Doctors told his family the Bay City toddler might never walk again. But thanks to Isaiah’s resilient spirit and Hurley Children’s Hospital’s life-saving care, Isaiah, now 8, is fully recovered.
Hurley Children’s Hospital has the region’s only burn unit for children and is only one of six such units in the state. It serves a wide region across central and northern Michigan.
Isaiah’s recovery has included several months of treatment at Hurley, the area’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. CMN Hospitals’ funds provided Jobst compression garments to help flatten and smooth scars as they formed.
This spring, Isaiah was chosen as the Michigan’s 2015 Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, representing all four CMN hospitals in the state. He is traveling to Washington D.C. this summer with all state Champion ambassadors to share their stories.
Isaiah also helped Hurley win $20,000 in Speedway’s “Battle of the Brave,” winning 47,000 votes in the online contest last year.
Hurley has been designated as a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital since 1990. The network of 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada is dedicated to providing the very best care for sick and injured children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, which raises money for CMN Hospitals, including Hurley Children’s Hospital, airs June 7 on ABC12.
Isaiah’s story also helps other families be mindful of the dangers of backyard bonfires and the precautions they can take.