Ten years ago, Kellie Haddock, her husband and their son Eli were in a serious car accident. Haddock's husband died instantly, but Haddock and her 14-week-old, Eli, were found alive. The boy only barely.
The newborn was pulled out of the wreckage by paramedics, flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fla., treated, operated on, tested, monitored and cared for by a team of physicians, nurses and specialists. Kellie wrote on her blog following the fatal accident that her son's injuries were extensive. "If he pulls through this, he likely will not have much of a life. He will probably not be able to walk, talk or show emotion."
The team kept working on him.
Only a week later, Eli was discharged from the hospital, and Kellie took him back home. Eli still thrives.
In the time between the accident and now, Eli's 10th year, Kellie has remarried and her new husband has adopted Eli. The couple is filled with gratitude for their son's life, and wanted to do something to show their gratitude. So Kellie teamed up with the hospital and Strongfilms to make the short video and to host a dinner honoring and thanking the medical team. Called the "Thank You Project," Kellie and hospital staff tracked down all the people involved in Eli's rescue and survival.
Of course, the medical team was just doing its job, what they were trained to do, their lives' callings. And yet, they, too, are grateful for Eli's life, their role in it. Being recognized for that moved them all.