Going the Distance for Logan

September 6, 2018
Topics: Riley Kid Story

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The Mateer Family, Valparaiso, Ind.

My first visit to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health for a meeting with doctors was overwhelming. Our son Logan had a diagnosis of CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) before he was born. His diaphragm didn’t fully develop, causing his small intestine to slide up and down. Facing a 50 percent fatality rate for our son, my husband Jacob and I stayed strong and hoped for the best.

We had two options when we received Logan’s diagnosis from our local Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician, Amy Rouse-Ho, M.D. We could go to the Chicago-area children’s hospitals, which would have been a considerably shorter trip from our home in Valparaiso, Ind., or we could choose Riley Hospital for Children. Our doctor recommended Riley due to her experience there and knowledge of its staff. When it came to the care our son needed, we would travel any distance.

It was a scary helicopter ride from Porter County, Ind., to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for delivery. Jennifer Weida, M.D., served as our Riley Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. Logan was born via emergency C-section on April 30, 2018 and brought to Riley Hospital.

Logan needed surgery to repair his hernia, and Riley Pediatric Surgeon Cartland Burns, M.D., did this thoracoscopically, through a tiny incision. Within two days, the only pain medicine Logan was taking was Tylenol. He was able to come off the ventilator just one day after surgery, and his oxygen was removed the following day.

The normal hospital stay for a CDH baby is one to three months, so my husband and I packed a bag expecting to stay at least 30 days. Due to the tremendous care and skill of the staff at Riley, Logan went home only 11 days after surgery.

Without the knowledge of Dr. Rouse-Ho, Dr. Burns, and the great nurses at Riley—especially Mary Lynn Foster—we would not be doing as well as we are. From the bottom of our hearts, we say 'thank you' to all the donors who support Riley Hospital for Children. Riley could not provide extraordinary care without your help.

Construction has begun on a new labor and delivery unit inside Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Riley Children’s Foundation is seeking donors' support for the staffing of 12 Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists and the Fetal Center team to elevate care for Indiana's mothers and babies.

#GiveHope at RileyKids.org/Donate

Samantha Mateer

Samantha Mateer from Valparaiso, Ind. is the mother of Riley kid Logan Mateer.

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