Heartland Hero Exchanges Kindness

Scott Baker knows the comfort of caring strangers in tough times. That’s part of the reason he is now one of them.

Scott is dedicating time and energy to help families with critically ill children after going through a similar situation with his daughter.

“Now she’s happy,” Scott said. “She’s reasonably healthy, hard-working and got a really kind heart. So she’s sort of turned out to be everything a dad could want."

Scott and his daughter walked a very rough road before things got better.

“She had problems with her esophagus and her stomach and her bowels were all formed wrong,” Scott said. “She had some heart problems and some kidney problems and problem with her bladder, all kinds of different things."

Scott became an expert on how to deal with a sick child. He learned a lot from his daughter and the 50 surgeries she went through in 10 years.

He takes those experiences and uses them to help other parents in similar situations with their children at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

“You sort of learn how things go and get used to the progressions and setbacks and those kinds of things. So sometime after she left the hospital they had program that you can meet with parents of children that were really sick and sort of help them learn the ropes if you will."

He said it’s pretty simple: he is willing to help others because there was a time when others helped him.

“You know, for me, when there’s this whole group of people that kind of chip in to help you out, strangers, you know, people you've never met, probably won’t meet again - sort of makes you want to do things for other people. And so if I see somebody can use a helping hand, I'll be pretty quick to reach a hand out and do what I can do or do what I know how to do anyway."

Things have worked out fine for Scott Baker and his daughter and he wants to share that with anyone who needs help.

Scott is a Hero of the Heartland and a luncheon in honors of the winners of those titles on Wednesday. It's at the Embassy Suites in La Vista at 11:45.

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