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Putting your money where the miracles are: Training for the Children’s Hospital Transport Team

Twin brothers Brantley and Braxton Headrick hug one another in the courtyard outside the UC Davis MIND Institute.
Brantley and Braxton Headrick’s lives were dependent on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team getting them safely to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from another facility that was hours away.

Born months early at only 24 weeks gestation, twin brothers Brantley and Braxton Headrick had to be taken quickly and safely from Shasta County to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. That journey relied upon the expertise of a very special group of people: the Children’s Hospital Transport Team.

The team, available 24/7, is the front line for hundreds of children in 33 Northern and Central California counties who need treatment at this Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospital. When a critically ill or injured newborn, infant, or child needs a higher level of care, the team is dispatched. This group has extensive experience and training to perform specialized role. That’s where CMN funding comes in.

CMN donations help fund training for the transport team, which includes 22 specially trained pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses. The best care begins with the right training, including how intubate and manage ventilators.

Your support of CMN also means funding for state-of-the-art transport isolettes equipped with the latest medical equipment. The isolettes help provide the high level of care for the most vulnerable neonatal patients.

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team Program began in 2004. The first year, the team completed between 300-400 transports. During the past three years, that number has dramatically increased to more than 900 transports annually, making your support of this program critical.

Click here to donate to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Transport Team and here for more on the Headrick twins’ story.