Navicent Health’s ‘miracle child’ returns for tour of new hospital
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Navicent Health’s Miracle Child returned for a visit Friday morning. Taylor Sanders and his family traveled from Newton, Georgia for a sneak peek at the new Beverly Knight Olsen Children’s Hospital.
“Seeing him after 4 to 5 years, is an inspiration and again a reinforcement of what we do,” said one of Taylor’s former doctors, Dr. Umesh Narsinghani.
In 2014, Taylor was in a serious car accident in Baker County and was transported to Navicent Health. The seatbelt tightened and pushed back his intestines, doctors say he was not expected to survive.
“He was on life support for several weeks. He went through extensive surgical procedure for his abdominal injury,” said Dr. Narsinghani.
“He was 5,” said Taylor’s mother, Wendy Sanders. “To tell us that we’re almost about to lose our baby. It was very emotional.”
During Taylor’s Friday visit, he saw the children hospital’s extension.
“When Taylor was in, he had to be transported from here to there to have different surgeries and now it’s all together and now the family could sit in one piece and have a good experience with it,” said Wendy Sanders.
Dr. Narsinghani says the hospital’s expansion will make it easier for patients, like Taylor, to get the care they need and recover.
“It definitely will give us additional resources to provide for sick kids like Taylor, will be able to increase footprint in the area,” said Dr. Narsinghani.
Taylor says he thinks other kids will like the new hospital too and he’s happy to be back, but just to visit and share cupcakes the people who saved his life.
Taylor was named Georgia’s 2015 Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network. While holding the title, Taylor met President Barack Obama. The new hospital is expected to open in February.