Hospital Holiday

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A.J. Rahl is only two. He's been in Sparrow's pediatric intensive care unit, and now the pediatric ward all week, hoping to get home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family. His appendix burst and he is carrying the infections. It's rare and dangerous for a child his age.

His family had hoped to get him home in time for Christmas. He is hooked up to a IV that he can carry home. The final step: waiting for the antibiotics to kick in.

After a Christmas morning in the hospital, the nurses gave he and his father Tim just one more night. He will head home to Olivet and the presents under the tree Sunday morning.