Here's how 'Dancing with the Knoxville Stars' money helps the community

A 3-year-old boy and his family are going home after a couple of surgeries and more than a week's stay at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

His recovery is due in part to fundraisers such as "Dancing with the Knoxville Stars."

And Charlie Seaton can't wait to go home to his sister and family dogs.

How long has he been here?

"Too long," Charlie said.

He has an IV line in his arm. It's how he gets his daily antibiotic treatments for the staph infection.

His mom Jessica Seaton said they have to give him three doses of antibiotics a day.

"Administering this much medicine to help him get better, it's kind of nerve-racking," she said.

That's where home health care comes in.

Nurses like Lori Parks regularly check up on him and his treatments.

"We just taught them how they needed to take care of him, and what they need to do to give him his medicine at home," Parks said.

Rather than bulky hospital machines, they're able to treat him with a simple hand-held pump.

Ron Philips, director of home health, said DWTKS is one of their biggest fundraisers.

"We couldn't do it without the communities support. This hospital is really dependent on the community," he said.

Charlie may be too young to understand -- but his parents are thankful.

"He's doing good, he's in good spirits," Seaton said.

The pump used to give Charlie his antibiotics is only good for a single dose. And his parents will give him almost 130 doses over the next six weeks.


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