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Area Children in Need Receive New Beds

Francisco watches as his new bed is assembled

Francisco Estabrook-Orozco came into the world 11 weeks early at CoxHealth and spent five weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The parents of the now active 19-month-old received help during their son’s hospital stay from Children’s Miracle Network in the form of gas vouchers.  Rocio Orozco is Francisco’s mom…

“They helped out tremendously—made it way easier to go see him,” Orozco said.

When Orozco was pregnant with her five-week-old son Fernando (who also came early), CMN gave the family bus passes.

Today they received another gift from the organization and from Slumberland:  a new bed for Francisco.  When the bed frame and mattress set were carried in, the boys’ grandma called the deliverymen “angels…”

“Bless you so much,” she said.  “This is just so awesome.”

Francisco watched wide-eyed as his new bed was assembled…

Before, Francisco slept in his parents’ bed and in a playpen before it became a place to stash toys.

Orozco says she’s excited for Francisco to have his own bed.  She says it will give him his own space…

“He needed something like this after his little brother came along especially, but this is a step up.  He’s a big boy now, a big brother,” Orozco said.

Brad Moulder is general manager of Slumberland in Springfield, which donated the beds…

“Sleep is so very important for children.  It has a lot to do with their physical and mental well-being.  We’re happy to be able to give that back to the community, especially the children, especially this time of year,” Moulder said.

Orozco says she hopes Francisco will sleep in his new bed tonight, but she’s doubtful…

“He’ll hopefully sleep.  He’ll probably be bouncing around, like, ‘oh this is mine,’” she said.

Slumberland donated 16 mattress sets and bed frames plus pillows and teddy bears to CMN hospitals.  Families receiving the sets were identified through CMN hospitals and other local agencies.