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Published March 26, 2012, 10:17 PM

Indiana family has chance to say thank you for life saving efforts

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Indiana family drove more than 1,000 miles to the Sanford Children's Center this afternoon to say two simple words: thank you. Hospital staff played a pivotal role in saving the lives of this family's two children.

An Indiana family drove more than 1,000 miles to the Sanford Children's Center this afternoon to say two simple words: thank you. Hospital staff played a pivotal role in saving the lives of this family's two children.

December 9th, 2010, the Dailey Family was in a horrific car accident in Wilkin County. They spent the night not knowing if both or even one of their kids would live. If it weren't for the heroic efforts of some local medical personnel, their story might have a very different ending.

Ben Dailey - Father: “Stopped at a stop sign and pulled through, the next thing I knew, we were in a ditch.”

Husband and wife Ben and Jackie Dailey were left uninjuried. Both children were life flighted to Sanford in Fargo.

Ben Dailey: “The impact was on Lydia's side, her original prognosis was not well at all.”

Deb Hanson – Charge Nurse the Night of Accident: “I remember going through the night and everybody was very emotional, wondering if either one of the children would have a good outcome.”

With the help of several ambulance personnel, the Life Flight Team and doctors and nurses at Sanford Medical Center, their children are now doing well. Caleb just started Kindergarten. Lydia is still going through rehab, but when reuniting with those who saved her life, she couldn't help but jump around.

Ben Dailey: “They look awesome, their parents were outstanding, kept a vigil and everybody pitched in.”

Deb Hanson: “The care was just absolutely fantastic, made some really, really tough calls and made the right ones because we're here to celebrate.”

Life doesn't get any easier for the Dailey family. In December they welcomed their third child, Naomi, into the world.

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