Local child benefits from Children's Miracle Network

National Pancake Day helps raise money for the cause.
BAKERSFIELD,CA- Tuesday is National Pancake Day. Ihop is serving up free flapjacks, and encouraging the public to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

The network brings awareness and funds for 170 member hospitals across the U.S. including one hospital in Bakersfield. The Bakersfield Memorial Hospital takes care of tiny patients like Allison.  

Baby Allison celebrated her first birthday on Dec. 12th

"She came out healthy. Six pounds. Seven ounces. Nineteen and a half inches long," said Susana Cortes, Allison's mother.

But Allison's health took a turn two weeks ago.

"Her eyes started to swell up and the day before she was starting her whole body to swell up from head to toe and that's when I brought her in," said Cortes.

Doctors diagnosed her with nephrotic syndrome. A rare disorder according to the University of Maryland that affects mostly 18 months to 6-year-olds. Her kidney's weren't filtering properly, leaking protein throughout her body and causing her to swell.

"Not only do they have to give her protein to keep inside her system, they have to give her another medicine to flush out all the excess water because she gained a couple pounds," said Cortes.

Cortes says it can be a lot to take in but the staff at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has made it easier.

"We are able to keep most of our children local children here and treat them right here in their hometown with their families rather than to fly them out or transfer them Madera or Los Angeles," said Lourdes Nilon, manager of the Children's Miracle Network for Bakersfield hospitals.

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network for the past 22 years. Community donations has helped the hospital build the Lauren Small Children's Medical Center which includes a 31 bed neonatal intensive care unit and a 32 bed pediatric intensive care unit, they're the only such facilities between Madera and Los Angeles.

"We are getting ready to build the Robert A. Grim Children's Pavilion for emergency care which will have it's own waiting room and separate treatment area from the general population," said Nilon.

Last year the network raised more than $400-,000 in Kern County.

All the money raised in the county stays local and helps buy equipment pediatric units need to treat their tiny patients at Memorial Hospital .

Cortes says she hopes to take her daughter home soon so she can reunite Allison with her 2-year-old sister who hasn't been able to visit her at the hospital.

Ihop will be serving pancakes from 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. at their location on 3252 Riverside Dr. and 9220 Rosedale Hwy.
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