Area Children and Families Star on WDTV’s “Hometown Celebration” for WVU Children’s Hospital
Program Airs Live Wednesday from Meadowbrook Mall

Matthew Dillow suffered from seizures beginning at age three until he was 12 years old, when doctors at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital performed surgery that stopped the seizures.  Matthew’s miracle story is one of many that will be featured during the WVU Children’s Hospital “Hometown Celebration” Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 7-8 p.m. on WDTV, Channel 5.

The program airs live from the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, hosted by WDTV News Director Scott Snider and Anchor Alyssa Massetti. 

WVU Neurosurgeon Warren Boling, M.D., performed the surgery in 2005 to remove the brain tissue that doctors determined was causing Matthew’s seizures.  Matthew had one small seizure the day he left the hospital, but has not had another one since then.  

“Matthew has no fear,” his mother, Carol Dillow, said.  “The surgery didn’t scare him.  He loves to ride fast on his bike now too.”

Matthew just learned how to ride his bike, because he faced challenges with keeping his balance before the procedure.  Matthew is now 13 years old and attends school in Mercer County. 

Matthew is this year’s Champion Child in West Virginia for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Every year, the Children’s Miracle Network selects a Champion Child for each state from nominations received by children’s hospitals across the country.

During the television program Dec. 12, donations to WVU Children’s Hospital will be accepted at the Meadowbrook Mall.  Television viewers may call with their pledges.

Donations support WVU Children’s Hospital programs, including newborn and pediatric critical care, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and cancer treatment. 

Donations are also used to help purchase specialized medical equipment that is used in the treatment of infants, children and high-risk mothers-to-be who are cared for at WVU Children’s Hospital.

WVU Children’s Hospital provides care in several pediatric specialty areas, including nationally recognized programs for the medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease.

For more information on Children’s Hospital, visit www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ec: 12-05-07

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