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Primary Children's Hospital to hold fundraiser for unexpected miracles

Published: Wednesday, June 4 2014 5:09 p.m. MDT

It will host its 32nd annual Primary Children's Miracle Network Telethon on Saturday, with every penny donated going to the foundation and directly toward patient care. National programming will air on KSL Ch. 5 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by a live local celebration from 6 to 9 p.m.

Contributions can be made during the telethon by calling 801-662-6222 or toll-free at 800-762-7262, and online at www.primarychildrens.org/donate. Donations can also be mailed to the Primary Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, UT 84158.

While the hospital is a temporary stop or the last home for many children, it is sometimes the only place with answers to some of the smallest of life's questions, according to Harris. She said she felt comfortable at another hospital, but when concerns grew, she wanted only the best for her daughter and was glad to be at Primary Children's Hospital "through the storm."

"I was told there was nothing we could've done sooner or to avoid this," Harris said. "She could have died, but that word was never mentioned. It was always in the back of your mind, but it was never mentioned."

In addition to the expertise Harris feels is being dealt to Abbey, including an innovative music therapy program, Harris said she has felt the prayers being offered throughout the community on their behalf.

"Heavenly Father had a plan for her," she said. "It was just far greater than we ever anticipated for her."

Doctors have said Abbey will make close to a full recovery, and Harris feels grateful for whatever she can get.

"She may not be the fastest runner and she may have balance issues once in a while, but she should be fine," Harris said, adding that blessings bestowed on her daughter have revealed a full recovery. "I have to have faith in that. It's funny what you hang onto."

As it turns out, hope is the biggest thing the family — now getting back to life at home after months in the hospital — has to cling to.

"I'm so glad I get to keep her," Harris said. "There are days she is extra needy, but I am more than willing to serve her. I'm happy to be able to do that."

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