Go Jim Go: Zion Greshaw Patient Story
(Memphis) To say eight-year-old Zion Greshaw is interested in almost everything would be an understatement. He sings, collects seashells, likes school and in his free time he loves playing soccer.
You can find Zion showing off his soccer moves to his mom, Sahirah Greshaw, but two years ago his playtime turned into a near tragedy in front of their home.
“I was on the curb waiting for the car to pass, but he (the driver) was drunk and couldn’t see me and he accidentally turned the wheel,” Zion Greshaw said.
His mom said the driver turned the wheel of his car crashing into Zion.
“I see my son laying at the end of the hill, having convulsions. His face was blue. His tongue was out of his mouth and I mean, I thought I had lost him.” Sahirah Greshaw said.
Zion was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where doctors determined he had a femur fraction and internal head injuries.
Dr. Derek Kelley, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Le Bonheur and Zion’s doctor said,. “The femur fraction is serious anytime you break the long bone of the leg, you’ll need emergency surgery and urgent treatment in the emergency room, but more concerning than the leg fracture he had head injuries and injuries to his skull and brain.”
Zion’s injuries were serious and his family was frightened.
“He was incoherent, not speaking, no body movement, no anything and that was a scary feeling,” Sahirah Greshaw said.
It was a scary feeling because Zion would have to remain in the hospital for several months.
“They were telling me it was possible he could be paralyzed on his left side and he might not be able to use his hands or walk regularly and I took that into consideration, but I wasn’t going to give up without a fight,” Sahirah Greshaw said.
To help in their fight, Zion’s family said they prayed a lot and had the support of the entire staff at Le Bonheur.
“Le Bonheur is awesome. The doctors care, the nurses care and even the staff. It went all the way down to janitor. It was great. They were great,” Sahirah Greshaw said.
But what made things feel even better for them was a breakthrough. Zion opened his eyes and spoke his first words on the birthday of one of his doctors.
“He told him Happy Birthday. Those were the first word he started to speak and he did and told him Happy Birthday and that brought tears to everyone’s eyes because nobody expected it, Sahirah Greshaw said.
Two years later, Zion is doing great because of the doctors and nurses at Le Bonheur.
“It’s great to have physicians in a hospital that’s focused on children. I’ve worked in hospitals where children are mixed with adults and you don’t get the same child centered, family centered care that you get at Le Bonheur, Kelley said.
For that reason, Zion has a special message for the people at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“Thank you Le Bonheur for taking care of me,” Zion Greshaw said.