Trauma injury, Enlarged Kidney

The McCullough family knows there is no such thing as a coincidence. Mark McCullough was playing golf with his 11-year-old son, Matthew, when the game was interrupted by freezing rain.

“We were riding downhill in a golf cart, lost control because of ice, and the golf cart flipped and landed on top of Matt. My first thought was, ‘Did I paralyze my son?’” said Mark.

Mark rushed his son to Lancaster General Hospital, where he was taken for a CT scan to check for internal injuries. Most of his wounds were treated when the team returned to the family to report the results of his scan.

“We were told that they found something wrong with Matthew’s kidney and he was going to need surgery right away. The doctor recommended Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; we knew that Matthew would be in excellent hands,” said Susan, Matt’s mom.

A Seamless Experience

Lancaster General Health has a collaborative agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which enabled Matthew to receive coordinated care at both hospitals.“Between the two facilities and different doctors, it was rather seamless,” Mark recalled.

 

Boy playing outside with two dogs

 

Matthew had a good experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and received the care he needed for his enlarged kidney.

“I felt like I was at home, because they were like my mom—they were all caring. When they were going to do something, they explained it not just to my parents but to me, so I knew what the situation was and knew what to expect,” said Matthew.

“He was treated like a king. Both at LG Health when he was in the trauma unit and kept overnight, and then down at Children's Hospital as a surgery patient. They just made him feel so special, and he just really enjoyed that,” said Susan.

Other than a tiny scar above his eye from the golf cart accident, Matthew is back to normal and enjoying life.

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