Meet Our Kids
No one tells the story of a hospital experience better than the child who went through it. Here are just some of those stories from children who participated in Radiothon and our annual WMAR-ABC2 Special for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. You can also see archived stories from years past by visiting the links above.
WATCH the story of Ben and his traumatic brain injury.
Clayton Cowan, of Fulton, Md., was born with a disease so rare that occurs in only one in a million people. Caused by a glitch in the immune system, it makes children very vulnerable to germs and results in recurrent chronic infections, some of which can be life-threatening. Clayton was not diagnosed until he was 2 and had a severe, life-threatening lung infection. He was taken to Hopkins Children’s where pediatric immunologist Howard Lederman, within 48 hours, diagnosed the toddler with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD).
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Gavin Recovers from Gastroschisis
Before Gavin Michel-Baird was born, an ultrasound revealed that Gavin had a condition called gastroschisis, a hole in the abdominal wall with his intestines seeping outside of his body. His condition called for an emergency C-Section delivery.
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Amanda Battles H1N1
Early in October 2009, Amanda Wickstrom started coughing during a nap. That night a fever and aches set in. By the morning she was lethargic and non-responsive. Alarmed, her pediatrician sent the child to the nearby community hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia in her right lung and with low oxygen levels. As Amanda’s health deteriorated, the hospital arranged for her to be transferred to Hopkins Children’s. By 9 p.m. that night, she was in its pediatric intensive care unit. Within hours, her pneumonia had progressed to the left lung, as well, and her blood pressure was dangerously low.
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Celina's Painful Burns
On Jan. 14, 2005, 3-year-old Celina was helping her mom set the table for dinner when she accidentally poured a bowl of scalding hot soup all over her chest. Celina screamed in agony as her mom splashed cold water on the burns. Within seconds, her skin was already starting to peel. Celina had sustained first and second-degree burns. Lisa called her husband, who was at work, and then called her pediatrician who advised her to call 911.
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Kavita Excels Despite Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Kavita, was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and has been under the care of Hopkins Children’s neurologists since she was a toddler. SMA is a neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive degeneration of the motor neurons and leads to progressive weakness and loss of muscle tone and movement. The disease can range from life-threatening to mild. It usually requires management by a multidisciplinary team including pediatric neurologists, pediatric pulmonologists, critical-care specialists, rehabilitation techs and physical therapists.
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Colby Survives Burn Injuries
In November of 2004, Tiffanie Stroh received a phone call that her 3-year-old son, Colby, had been in an accident and was badly burned. Colby somehow managed to get a hold of some gasoline. The fumes caught fire, setting the child ablaze. Colby sustained serious burns on nearly 50 percent of his body, including his face, hands and from the waist down. Colby underwent multiple surgeries and was hospitalized at Hopkins Children’s for more than two months, followed by months of rehabilitation. His treatment included harvesting skin for temporary grafting to prevent infections. Colby underwent repeat surgeries to remove scar tissue form his face, ears, inner tights and had had some of the skin from his stomach transplanted to his face.
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