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Eddington Teen Named Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 2016 State of Maine Champion Child

Date: 05/20/2016

A fifteen year old John Bapst freshman will be named the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 2016 - 2017 State of Maine Champion Child at a ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 pm. Alisa Pelkey of Eddington was chosen to represent the thousands of children who receive medical care at Maine hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She will receive the honor at a special ceremony at the TownePlace Suites in Bangor.

For Alisa and her parents, Sunday, June 10, 2012 started out like any other day. Then eleven years old, she packed her bags for a Monday morning flight to visit her brother, a Marine stationed in North Carolina, and then she and her parents headed to a barbeque with friends. While traveling home that evening, her family’s SUV was hit head on; Alisa, her mom and her dad were all critically injured in the accident.

Alisa, shaken and in shock, crawled out of the vehicle, pulling glass and left over potato salad from her hair. She and her parents were rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where Alisa underwent emergency surgery. Alisa and her mother, Lisa, recovered together in a room on the pediatrics unit, while her father, Raymond received care a few floors below.

Today, Alisa is a healthy high school freshman who enjoys competitive dance and spending time with her friends. She and her parents remain grateful for the life-saving care they received at EMMC and Alisa is proud to represent Maine as the 2016 – 2017 Champion Child.

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions’ program honors remarkable children from throughout the United States and Canada who have triumphed, despite severe medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, these children have been named champions and selected as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated each year at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.