Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: JW & Maddie Hodge

On June 6th, JW, Kim & Maddie Hodge traveled to DC to urge their Nevada members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts, set to occur in January 2013. JW’s daughter Maddie was born with a supraventricular tachycardia, and is alive because of medical research.  One visit included meeting Senator Harry Reid.

Read their story below:

On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years. Medication was administered, treatments were made, and her heart was quickly stopped giving it the chance to restart in a normal rhythm.

Knowing professionally all of the research and work that went into being able to make those quick decisions that saved her life did not even enter my head until days later when I realized that my years of learning, volunteering, and teaching have all been possible because of research.

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