Matthew Verge - Champion Photo 2Thank you to Walmart Canada for making the Children’s Miracle Network Champions Program possible. Because of your dedication and support, our province and our children’s hospital are able to celebrate another miracle: 2016 Janeway Champion Child, Matthew Verge.

When he was 9, Matthew suffered from a severe asthma attack, suddenly collapsing and turning blue, unable to breathe. Realizing that Matthew’s situation was extremely critical, the staff of the community hospital had him air-lifted, by medical helicopter, to the Janeway.

Doctors feared that Matthew would not last the night, but he proved to be a fighter. While unconscious and breathing through a special ventilator, brain scans showed Matthew responding to his mom’s touch and voice, indicating he was still responsive.

While sedated and on the ventilator, Matthew continually tried to wake up and breathe on his own.  As he became more alert he kept trying to open his eyes and lift his head off the bed, and at one point gave his mom a “thumbs up”. Fourteen days later Matthew was on the road to recovery.  Matthew knows that having asthma can be very scary.  A fighter through and through!

As the Janeway’s Champion, Matthew will have the opportunity to travel to Toronto and Orlando with Children’s Miracle Network to represent Newfoundland and Labrador’s sick and injured Janeway children. In Toronto he will met with champion children of all ages from across Canada. Then, together, these children and their families will travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando for various Children’s Miracle Network Celebration activities, as well as some play time in the parks.

Thank you to Walmart Carbonear for putting together a wonderful launch; to our past 2014/15 champion, Brooke Gidge and her family for doing such a great job over the last year; to all those who took time from their busy day to attend the launch; and finally, to our NEW 2016 Champion Child, Matthew Verge and his family, who no doubt will represent us well.

Also a BIG thank you to the Air Canada Foundation who are also supporting this program through their very generous donation of flight passes for each Champion family and for Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospitals across the country.