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Children’s Hospital chaplain dedicates twins prior to surgery

Kevin Lebanik, holding Emma, and his wife, Kelly, holding Hailey who was born with a heart defect, join Children�s Hospital chaplain Beth Gilbert (center) as she offers a dedicatory prayer for the twin sisters.
Kevin Lebanik, holding Emma, and his wife, Kelly, holding Hailey who was born with a heart defect, join Children’s Hospital chaplain Beth Gilbert (center) as she offers a dedicatory prayer for the twin sisters.
Kelly and Kevin Lebanik, from Las Vegas, knew their being at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for their 2-month-old baby girl’s heart surgery was no accident.

From a stop at the hospital as an afterthought on their way to Mr. Lebanik’s brother’s wedding in Southern California to a battery of tests being completed in a day that took their local hospital five weeks to complete, the family knew Children’s Hospital was exactly where God was leading them to treat Hailey’s heart problem.

“The people here are so warm and welcoming,” says Ms. Lebanik. “I knew we were in the right place.”

Children’s Hospital chaplain Beth Gilbert reinforced the couple’s first impressions. The Lebaniks’ church in Las Vegas only holds baby dedications on Mother’s Day, and this caused a lot of worry for the family, who wanted both of their twin daughters, Hailey and Emma, to be dedicated before Hailey’s surgery on August 11. Ms. Gilbert only met the family the morning of August 10, but she was able to arrange for a baby dedication ceremony that Ms. Lebanik’s parents were able to attend that afternoon. Ms. Gilbert offered a dedicatory prayer for both sisters and the parents in the Children’s Hospital chapel.

The Lebanik family was extremely grateful, even more so when they were able to take Hailey out of the hospital August 14, just three days after her surgery.

By Preston Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006