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Skyler's Hotel

Courtney and Josh Moore were not only neighbors, they were high school sweethearts - and have been together ever since. Skyler Lee Moore, their first child, was born on August 17, 2004, and enjoyed his first year of life in health and happiness.

But in November 2005, 14-month-old Skyler Moore arrived by ambulance at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Courtney and Josh were frantic. He had just suffered his second seizure from unknown causes. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was waiting to take Skyler in, and the problem was quickly diagnosed by critical care physician Dr. Anthony Amponsem and pediatric neurologist Dr. Shusila Rajasingham. Skyler had both viral meningitis and herpes simplex, and would be in the hospital for a while.

As they began medications, the PICU staff created a space for the little patient where his parents could stay with him, and friends and family could visit. It became known to everyone as “Skyler’s hotel.”

The team checked on Skyler and his parents frequently. Additional EEG and MRIs indicated that Skyler still had continued seizure activity, but Courtney and Josh now were less afraid. They had a full team taking care of their son. Meanwhile family, friends and co-workers filled Skyler’s hotel with gifts, cards and stuffed animals. Prayer chains circulated around the world, asking for support, love and health for Skyler.

A week later, Skyler started to show signs of improvement. The family spent Thanksgiving at the hospital (with sweet potatoes and stuffing for Skyler). As he became more alert, physical therapists came in to help him strengthen. An MRI revealed reduced seizure activity. Finally, after two weeks of hospitalization, Skyler was able to go home. It was December 1st, his mother’s 22nd birthday.

Today, Courtney says, “We couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you, thank you…for finding so many ways to make us comfortable…for answering our questions…and most of all, for making my son better.”

How You Can Help

Interested in helping patients like Skyler and all the other children being treated in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit? Contact the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation at (240) 826-6570 to learn more about our giving opportunities and how your gracious contribution can be directed to help make their stay with us feel a little more like home.

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