Thursday, September 19, 2013

OVERCOMING THE ODDS: Christ Medical Center and Children’s Hospital to Honor Patients Who Never Gave Up

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Christ Medical Center and Children’s Hospital to Honor Patients Who Never Gave Up

WHAT:       Five special patients who have been the victims of serious disorders, including West Nile virus and Legionnaires, will be celebrated for undergoing extensive rehabilitation and overcoming the physical challenges left behind by their diseases.
WHEN:       Friday, September 20, beginning with lunch at 11 a.m., followed by an awards ceremony at noon
WHERE:    Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center – 93rd and Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Lawn. Enter through the imaging center entrance on Kilbourn Avenue about a half block north of 95th Street.  Advocate Christ Medical Center’s formal address is 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.

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Five patients, ranging in age from 4 to 73, will be recognized at a special rehabilitation awards ceremony for successfully overcoming the physical challenges left by disease.  Among them are residents from the Chicago suburbs of Addison, Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights -- even Terre Haute, Indiana The patients and their family members, as well as the physicians, nurses and therapists who treated them, will be available for interviews, photos and video.

The group includes:
·      Evergreen Park’s current mayor who is recovering from West Nile virus
·      a 56-yearold man, who lost both legs and an arm to Legionnaires disease
·      a 4-year-old child who suffered a stroke
·      heart transplant patient, and
·      a hospital chaplain, who also was a stroke victim

More information about Friday’s event is available by calling Mike Maggio, manager of public affairs and marketing, at

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