PATIENT STORIES | BROOKE

AUG 2018

Big team comes together to save a little girl

Before 4-year-old Brooke Brady goes to sleep at night, she puts her hands together and prays.

“She prays for her family, then she prays for all her doctors,” said Brooke’s mother, Kim Brady.

Kim credits the doctors and medical team at University Hospital for saving the life of her 23-pound toddler after a dog, several times the child’s size, grabbed her with his teeth and tossed her around like a toy.

It happened while Brooke’s parents were out of town and the babysitter had taken Brooke and her older sister to a relative’s house. Exactly what caused the dog to attack is unclear, but the outcome was multiple injuries that left Brooke close to death.

An ambulance rushed Brooke to University Hospital, the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in South Texas.

Doctors there discovered the dog had crushed the child’s upper torso, puncturing a lung, breaking eight ribs and tearing muscles between her ribs.

As her parents hurried back to San Antonio, Brooke’s medical team rushed her into surgery, then placed her in a medically induced coma for four days while she began to heal.

Kim says the doctors kept her and her husband informed every step of the way. “They didn’t hold anything back, but explained the situation in a compassionate way,” she said, calling it “five-star” service.

After 10 days at University Hospital, Brooke went home. Her mother says that a year later you would never know her daughter was the victim of a horrific dog attack unless you saw the scars on her torso.

“She is full of life. It’s incredible how they put her back together,” said Kim. She added that the doctors will be part of her family’s lives forever, and they made a big impression on her daughter.

Brooke, the little girl who wrinkles her nose as she smiles, says when she grows up she wants to be a doctor, so she can “fix” people the way her doctors fixed her.

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