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Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:17

Fifteen-year-old Annie Prosser and her family have much to be thankful for this holiday season. And although this Christmas will be celebrated exactly the same as it has in the past, its meaning is much more profound.

Annie’s life is a miracle and gift, says her mother, Irene Affatati, who was with her daughter during a tragic car accident in March 2013. Annie was underwater 25 minutes before first responders resuscitated her at the scene and rushed her to Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora.

“I have so much to be thankful for,” said Affatati who lives in North Aurora. “I think the accident affected all of us in the family the same way. Our perspective is that something like this makes you realize the importance of the people who surround you and the gift of Annie’s life that we’ve been given,” she said.

Some would see only the tragedy in an experience like this. Affatati chooses to focus on the good that has come from it. “My faith is so much stronger. I appreciate things so much more,” she said. “Annie’s life is a miracle.”

Affatati says that she is thankful for the many first responders and medical professionals who helped save Annie. “Annie’s life is a miracle. How do you ever say thanks enough for that?”

Emergency professionals at Presence Mercy Medical Center work closely everyday with first responders from local communities to help everyone from youngsters like Annie, to seniors and all ages in between.

When treating emergencies, the doctors and medical professionals at Presence Mercy Medical Center know that time and safety are of utmost importance.

In fact, the hospital recently earned the highest patient safety score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group, a leading national hospital ratings organization. This commitment to patient safety, along with experienced doctors and medical professionals, is part of the reason for outcomes like Annie’s and others who come to Presence Mercy with life-threatening emergencies.

This Christmas, Affatati won’t take anything for granted. “I make sure to hug my kids every chance I get,” she said.

And during this season of gift-giving, tree-decorating and cooking, Affatati has her priorities in order.

“Sometimes it’s an experience like this that makes you realize what you have. Family – you don’t really need anything else.”

--News Bulletin news sources

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:19
 
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