Your Gift: Helping kids like Molly thrive

August 18, 2017
Topics: Donors, Riley Kid Story, Diabetes

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Molly Stout, Martinsville, Ind.

On a February weekend in 2015, Molly Stout from Martinsville, Ind., ran two long-distance races in Disney World. Just a couple of days later, her family received news they never expected: she had type 1 diabetes. 

As soon as her diagnosis was confirmed, Riley Physician, Scot Moore, M.D. with Southern Indiana Physicians sent the family to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, where he alerted the emergency room team to prepare for Molly’s arrival.

“I knew the day I went that my parents were scared so something was wrong,” recalls Molly. “Once we arrived we were taught how to take care of my type 1 diabetes and we weren’t scared anymore. Riley Rocks!” 

Molly and her parents Kyle and Jessica Stout have deep appreciation for Riley Pediatric Endocrinologist Zeina Nabhan, M.D. “She’s incredible,” says Jessica. “When we go in there, we feel like there’s nobody else in the hospital. She asks not only about Molly’s health, but about her life—things that are special to her. She has that gift of making that one in front of her feel so important and loved.” 

Each year Riley physicians receive around 7,500 outpatient diabetes visits (including at clinics in South Bend and Evansville) and around 200 children are admitted to Riley Hospital with newly diagnosed diabetes. Riley’s exceptional care empowers kids like Molly, who is now an active 11-year-old who loves running, swimming, animals and crafts.

“We could not have been anywhere in the United States in a better position than we are at Riley,” says Jessica. “Molly hasn’t been taught to survive—she’s been taught how to thrive. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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