For 6-year-old Nate Venne, most days at Madonna's Alexis Verzal Children's Rehabilitation Unit consisted of a rigorous schedule of therapies every half hour.
“When he came here, he couldn’t hold his head up. He couldn’t move his head. He was in a wheelchair. He couldn’t straighten his right arm, had basically no control. He was like a 6-year-old newborn,” said Beth Venne, of Sioux City, Iowa said.
On May 19, 2016, Beth and her 6-year-old son, Nate, returned to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lincoln.
It was the second time in five years severe seizures had put Nate in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
“I was really hoping they would get him to walk on his own, get him more back to what he was before the seizures started,” Beth recalled.
Nate had to relearn everything, like walking and talking, and overcome vision issues.
“Nate’s day typically starts at 9 o’clock with therapy to help him relearn how to eat with utensils,” said Beth. “He has school every day at 11.”
“Then at 1 o’clock, he starts again and he usually has therapy every half hour until about 3 o’clock.”
Working with Madonna’s transdisciplinary team, Nate’s mom saw her son improve.
“The therapists are so specialized in this rehab mentality which is different, I think, from a regular outpatient therapy that he might be getting elsewhere. To focus on these little things - They make everything a game and he doesn’t even realize he’s working,” Beth said.
“The nursing is great. They love him. They treat him great and that’s always nice to see when it's your child. You love your child and you think they’re the world and to have everyone so caring and loving toward him,”
“It’s been such a blessing that he gets to come here and do all that stuff because we have nothing like that at home.”
To learn more about Madonna's pediatric programs in Lincoln and Omaha, visit madonna.org/pediatrics.