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Season of Giving 2021

When you support East Tennessee Children's Hospital, you help kids like Harper get the emergency treatment she needs.

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On the night of March 2, 2020, Chad and Jill Mynatt tucked their two small children into bed like any other night, never suspecting that their Cookeville home was in the path of a historic storm.

Season of Giving 2021, Part 2 - Harper Mynatt's Amazing Story of Recovery

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Season of Giving 2021, Part 1 - Harper Mynatt's Amazing Story of Survival

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Harper Mynatt with mom and Children's Hospital Staff
Harper Mynatt with mom and Children's Hospital Staff

In the early hours of March 3, 2020, a category F4 tornado touched down outside of Cookeville, TN, leveling Chad and Jill's home and badly injuring their 1-year-old daughter, Harper. Remarkably, Chad, Jill, and infant son Major sustained only minor injuries, but young Harper was taken to a local hospital for a severe head wound.

"It's the only place we would want to be in that desperate time," says mother Jill.

Harper enjoys a ride outside during her rehabilitation
Harper enjoys a ride outside during her rehabilitation

Harper was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s Hospital, where she remained heavily sedated for weeks to allow her brain to heal and swelling to reduce.

Due to her traumatic head injury, her medical team kept a close eye on Harper’s brain. They relied on machines like MRI's to take pictures of her brain and decide whether there would be any long-term damage or developmental delays. Harper spent 6 weeks in Children's Hospital with intensive therapy, re-learning how to walk, move her hands, eat and talk. Miraculously, she continues to exceed the expectations of her recovery.

Harper takes a spin while recovering from her injuries
Harper takes a spin while recovering from her injuries

As we enter the season of giving, the Mynatt family has lots to be thankful for, including two healthy children, a new home, and a health care community supporting their every step from East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

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"When we look back on our time at Children's Hospital, there's no bad memories," says father Chad. "It was a horrible situation that got us there...but it was really an amazing experience because of how the hospital community and the Knoxville community rose to the need of caring for us and caring for Harper."

Thanks to you and your generous donations, Harper is improving every day!
Thanks to you and your generous donations, Harper is improving every day!

This holiday, we invite you to help our patients. By making a donation to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, you can help fund critical, life-saving equipment - like a new multi-million-dollar MRI machine that will help us take clearer pictures, use less radiation, and provide a more comfortable experience for children like Harper. Please consider donating today to provide healthier futures for children in our community and beyond.


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