Shoudier’s Story

Community and Rehab Care - Community Living / June 24, 2022

On November 22, 2021, ResCare Community Living exclusively received an email from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Children and Family Services for an 18-year-old female in need of an emergency placement from Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  The referral was in conjunction with Child Protective Services.

Shoudier Nigo, better known as “Shoo Shoo,” was removed from her mother’s care by DHHS due to severe medical neglect. Shoo Shoo had at least 14 diagnoses, including anemia, S/P posterior infusion, non-verbal, arthrodesis status, cerebral palsy, developmental display, precocious puberty, febrile seizures, failure to thrive in childhood, feeding by G-Tube, GERD, quadriparesis, spasticity, and encephalopathy.  She is completely dependent upon a caregiver for her total care.

ResCare Community Living’s affiliate Community Alternatives Nebraska had the ideal shared living providers in Lyndsey Cunningham and Amanda Sadowski who were up for the challenge.

Once Lyndsey and Amanda learned about “Shoo Shoo,” they could not wait to meet her. They were so confident about wanting to support Shoo Shoo that they preemptively purchased a vehicle with a van lift to fit her needs.

Community Alternatives Nebraska set up visits with Shoo Shoo, Amanda and Lyndsey at the hospital to assist in a positive transition and training to learn about all of Shoo Shoo’s medical conditions.

On December 7, 2021, Shoo Shoo was discharged from the hospital, and Amanda and Lyndsey were there to take her to her new home. Shoo Shoo was so excited to be out of the hospital that she screamed with excitement the whole 60 miles to her new home.

Shoo Shoo continues to thrive, discovering new adventures every day by getting out and truly being involved in her community. Shoo Shoo is a new person enjoying life to the fullest!

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