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Chants play ball at Omaha hospital with special connection to Athletic Director

Chants play ball with some patients at an Omaha hospital. (Source: Joe Murano) Chants play ball with some patients at an Omaha hospital. (Source: Joe Murano)
Matt Hogue is back home, in Nebraska (source: WMBF Sports) Matt Hogue is back home, in Nebraska (source: WMBF Sports)

OMAHA, NE (WMBF) - On its day off, CCU still got in some baseball – with kids of the Nebraska Medical Center. Though the hospital is a place that athletics director Matt Hogue has been familiar with for some time.

“It was important to us, ten years ago when our daughter Caroline needed a small bowel life-saving transplant, and there weren’t many places that could perform that procedure,” said the Coastal Athletic Director.

Caroline was born without functioning intestines, and needed a very specific type of surgery. So the Hogues found their way to Omaha, and made it a second home.

“We waited here five months to get the call (for a new organ) because the time between getting the call and needing to be in the operating room is very short,” explained Matt's wife, Laura Hogue.

Now ten years after the procedure, the Hogues could not be happier about the way things went.

“It wasn’t enough for us to just keep her alive,” explained Laura. “We wanted her to have the full life experience of school, and sports and piano, and being able to come to the College World Series with her favorite team.”

And the relationship with the hospital continues to stay strong.

“It’s really amazing for all of us to see Caroline be so successful,” said Dr. Wendy Grant, who performed her surgery. “She’s a young lady now, and every time they come back it’s a celebration and we’re very proud of everything they’re doing and we love being part of the miracle that is Caroline.”

The fact that Carolina and her family are here on a business trip, is just added incentive.

“Everyone wants to come to Omaha to play baseball,” Laura said. “But this is just very special for us.”

“We always hoped that this day would come where we could bring the story full circle and bring the team to Omaha, and it finally happened, so it’s really a blessing a dream come true,” added Matt.

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