My husband, Logan, took a picture of our son, Nathan, looking at himself in the mirror, touching his neck where his trach was once located. It is a profound image for our entire family.
When Nathan was born in St. Louis, he had laryngeal atresia, meaning his airway was completely closed. The dire circumstance of his breathing, or lack thereof, was a complete and total surprise. Within two hours of his birth, he was trached. The trach remained from Sept. 14, 2005, to April 21, 2009. That’s over 1,000 days.
Before we talked to the doctors at Cincinnati Children’s, we were told Nathan wouldn’t survive. He did. We were told he would never eat without a feeding tube. He did. We were told a child born without vocal cords would never speak. He does. We were told he would never be normal. He is.
At Cincinnati Children’s we have been treated like full members of Nathan’s medical team. The staff never dampened our hope. Cincinnati Children’s has certainly lived up to the hospital tagline, “Change the Outcome,” for change the outcome you have! Nathan is now breathing safely through his nose and mouth, just like you and me.
We are grateful for the care Cincinnati Children’s has provided our precious son. Thank you so much.
Grace and Peace,
*Excerpts from a letter to Nathan’s surgeon, Robin T. Cotton, MD.