It was 2015 when Summer Kates was rushed to a hospital in Fort Myers in an ambulance after being hit by a car. She was only 10-years-old at the time and suffered a broken leg. She was forced to spend four days in the hospital and as you can imagine, it was a rather traumatic time for both Kates and her family. Like most children, Kates experienced “hospital anxiety” as most kids are scared and uncertain as to what is going on. The truth is, the hospital is a rather scary place through the eyes of a child which is why certain programs are available to help them understand and cope with the medical treatment that is being provided to them.
Summer Kates said that at the time she was admitted, she was “nervous and scared” and her father told News-Press that “as a parent, seeing a child involved in an accident that makes them go via ambulance to the hospital is one of the scariest things I have ever experienced.” But, when Kates encountered the Child Life Specialist Program at Golisano, her time spent in the hospital became easier for her and her family. The Child Life team is designed to support children who are staying at the hospital and help them not only understand what is going on around them but also the medical procedures and/or treatments they are receiving.
Kates said that the Child Life team treated her very well and made sure she was comfortable. She would interact with specialists who took the time to visit her, and they would ask how she was doing or explain a medical procedure that was happening to her. They even provided her with books to read. The program was born back in 1989 and has acquired 10 specialists over the years. Karlie Colwell is one of those specialists and she says that the “program is crucial to a child’s healing.” She told the news source that “the program is the reason kids who have been near drowning are playing in the sprinklers the next summer. It’s the reason those have been in car accidents are out riding their bikes.”
And according to Kates’ father, “seeing his daughter receive that level of care by Child Life took a big weight off his shoulders.” Because of all the support the Child Life team showed Kates and her family, she decided that she wanted to give back. After her visit to the hospital, Kates founded Summer’s Project which is a charity that benefits the Child Life program. And now that Kates is 13-years-old and a freshman at Fort Myers High School, her initiatives have continued on and she has already raised $1,800 of which she gave back to the program. And she isn’t done.
News-Press reported that Kates has set a new goal of $1,500 and plans to raise that amount through a bake sale. In fact, she recently held one back at the end of June at Fort Myers Brewing Co. in Gateway. Kates saw how beneficial this program was to her and how supportive the team behind it is to other children which is why she chose to give back the support she received and show her appreciation for what they did for her while she went through an unfortunate and scary time in her life.
 
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience for anyone, especially young children. Many are often shaken up and scared and aren’t quite sure what they should do following the collision. So, in an effort to help provide you with some guidance, one of the most important things
If you have suffered an injury in an accident in Fort Myers and are interested in learning more about your legal rights, contact an accident attorney today.
any car accident victim should do following a collision is consult with a Fort Myers, FL accident attorney. Not only can they help get your injury and/or damage claim filed and handle all matters involving your insurance company, but they will see to it that you are properly compensated for your pain and suffering.
If you would like to be connected with a local accident lawyer in the Fort Myers area, contact Chappell Law Group now by calling 239-337-9875.
 
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5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Ste 666
Fort Myers, FL
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