Carmen-781x1024For Carmen Fellows, the birth of her son Luke at Ottumwa Regional Health Center was a wonderful experience. But a week later, Luke contracted a virus at home. “We were scared,” says Carmen, who works in medical records at the hospital. “The mortality rate for the virus Luke had is 20 percent for infants.”

A team of nurses and physicians went to work caring for Luke at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. “When I first walked on the pediatric floor and saw Casey Klodt and Sharry Fipps, I was so relieved,” Carmen remembers. “I wholeheartedly trusted them with the life of my child! Angela Thomas treated Luke as if he were her own son. Dan Williams was so knowledgeable, and he always seemed to have the right thing to say. And Dr. Eric Dodson, our pediatrician, made us feel so safe. He came to check on my son twice a day. Caring for Luke was his priority.”

After two weeks of treatment, Luke was healthy again and returned home. He recently celebrated his 1st birthday and loves being outdoors. Filled with gratitude for the care her family received, Carmen wrote a letter of thanks to Ottumwa Regional Health Center. “I can never truly express how grateful I am for the healthcare team at ORHC. They all treated us like family!”

In the Photo: Luke, seated in Carmen’s lap and surrounded by family members (from left): Kalan, Bobby, and Brayden