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Rell's Story

Rell, a victim of gun violence, arrived in our trauma bay with nine gunshot wounds to his head, chest and abdomen. Read on for the amazing moment you helped make possible and see what happened next.
Rell spent the next 10 days on life support. His family and caregivers stayed close, hoping against hope that Rell would get his life back.

Finally, Rell opened his eyes. As soon as he was able to, he spoke, and these were his first words:

“When can I go back to school?” 

His family and caregivers in our pediatric intensive care (PICU) unit cried, laughed and hugged. Rell, ever determined, was going to make it.

Ten days after that, Rell resumed breathing on his own. His long recovery included learning to walk again, occupational and physical therapy to rebuild strength on his left side, and speech therapy.
Susan French, the nurse navigator who helped Rell’s family coordinate care, recalls seeing him visit the hospital for a follow-up appointment. “He smiled from ear to ear,” she says, “and wanted to thank the pediatric intensive care unit staff and his 5th floor surgical team for saving his life.”
Rell is now back in high school with an impressive GPA and focusing on being a kid. He says, “Children’s National gave me the chance to live my life again.” 
Through your support, you provide those lifesaving changes. Thank you for being there for Rell when it mattered most! 

For 150 years, we’ve provided exceptional pediatric care and pioneered research that has led to new treatments and cures. Your support helps children grow up stronger.