Berwick Youngster Named 2021 Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital Miracle KidJul 19, 2021 09:50AM ● By Erica Shames
At just 13 days old, Owen Kramer of Berwick wasn’t eating normally
and seemed lethargic. His parents, Mike Kramer and Brooke McMichael, took him to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., where emergency room staff found that Owen was in septic shock with respiratory failure and very low blood pressure. Further testing revealed urosepsis and a urinary tract infection that was the result of a kidney abnormality. The staff also found a blood clot in his right femur that threatened his leg.
Owen spent 37 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. There, round-the-clock care and intravenous antibiotics and medications helped him overcome the infections and blood clot.
Now, after having a procedure to correct the kidney abnormality, Owen is a happy and energetic 4-year-old who enjoys hanging out with his mom and dad and playing sports.
Much of the lifesaving equipment used to help Owen in the NICU was funded with donations to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, including pediatric ventilators, infusion pumps and bed warmers. Comfort items and chaplain services in the NICU, also funded with donations, helped Owen’s parents through a difficult time.
Donate online at geisinger.org/cmn or by calling 1-800-322-5437.
About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger
Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics. A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $68 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or 570-271-
6188, or visit www.geisinger.org/cmn.