Kid Coach is a partnership between Children’s of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels to salute pediatric patients. Their inspirational stories remind us just how truly courageous these young people are.

This week’s Children’s of Mississippi Kid Coach is Luke Mann of Brandon.

Last fall, nine-year-old Luke Mann began running a low grade fever. His condition quickly deteriorated to a point where he was no longer able to walk. His pediatrician told Luke’s parents, Jacob and Faith, to get Luke to Batson Children’s Hospital immediately.

Luke was admitted with a dangerous methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection that had spread through his bloodstream. He had a septic hip, and blood clots in his lungs and leg. Following emergency surgery, Luke stayed in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for 13 days. He then moved to a floor where he suffered a collapsed lung, and doctors had to insert a chest tube. The Manns finally left the hospital just over five weeks after they arrived.

Since then, Luke has had more hip surgery. He is still under the care of pediatric orthopedic specialists at Children’s of Mississippi who continue to monitor his hip. His mom says more surgeries may be in Luke’s future. “The sepsis really did damage to the bone and hip,” she explained.

Now back on his feet, Luke loves to sing, and can speak in a surprisingly good British accent.  A sports fan, Luke especially loves baseball!

Have fun at Saturday’s game, Luke. Your friends at Children’s of Mississippi are cheering for you!

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