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ADDITIONAL UPDATE:

Jude and his new baby sister, Kate, got home on Friday, July 18. Jude is still experiencing a great deal of pain intermittantly, as nerve endings "fire" in search of extremities that are no longer there, but they're medicating for that and he is glad to be home.

Jude's baby sister, Kate, was born July 16 at 2:48 a.m., weighing 6 lbs, 10 ounces. She now shares a hospital room with brother Jude while he recuperates from his injuries and works hard in physical therapy each day so they can soon go home together. 

THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!

Thank you sincerely for the many good wishes, expressions of concerns and prayers for my young grandson, Jude Hill. I am humbled by the many communications I have had personally or via the Caring Bridge website that my daughter Jen and her husband, Greg, set up when Jude had his accident on June 21.

Jude is doing remarkably well, although he battled a fever late last night (July 14). But today he's doing better. I last saw him on Sunday, July 20 and he was very much his old self - vibrant, smiling and loving. He did not seem to be experiencing any pain, except when I inadvertantly touched his left leg (lost at about three inches below his knee. He has also had his right foot removed, as it was beyond repair - at least in so far as its functionality, compared to what he could have with a prosthetic foot.) He's a brave little boy who is as anxious to see little Kate, now 11 days overdue, and older brothers Micah and Clay, as well as 19-month-old Libby. It's our hope that with Kate's arrival and some more physical therapy for Jude that Team Hill will soon be back at home in Germantown Hills, just north of East Peoria. The OSF (Order of St. Francis) Childrens' Hospital staff has been great; but, the Hills are tired of hospitals and want very much to go home.

Again, thanks to everyone who has kept this family in your hearts and in your prayers.

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NORTH GREENE JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH

217-374-2131 (HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE)

ALSO: 217-374-2146

217-374-2616 (JUNIOR HIGH OFFICE)

NORTH GREENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

217-589-4623

217-589-5313