Stratton’s Snuggles

Heather Perkins
January 19, 2021
Stratton Smith, LeeAnn Hendrix Smith with MUSC RN Tori Sanna in front of cabinet
LeeAnn Hendrix Smith with MUSC RN Tori Sanna in front of the cabinet

Stratton's Snuggles provides blankets, stuffed animals and other comfort items to children staying in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. It was started by LeeAnn Hendrix Smith and Hunter Smith in memory of their 4-month-old son, Stratton Hunter Smith, who passed away Sept. 26, 2020.

Stratton Hunter Smith 
Stratton Hunter Smith

In his four weeks in the PICU, Stratton’s nurses made his bed with matching linens and cuddled him with stuffed animals. These thoughtful gestures helped Stratton's parents feel more at home during their time in the PICU. Although Stratton’s story did not have the ending his parents hoped for, they find comfort in being a light to other families facing similar situations.

Stratton's Snuggles is helping LeeAnn and Hunter heal, pay it forward to other families and honor sweet Stratton at the same time. So many lives in the PICU will be touched by LeeAnn and Hunter's generosity and selflessness, and Stratton's legacy will live on.

 

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Heather Perkins

Keywords: Patient stories