As some of you know, our son Joshua was born in 2005 with a birth defect in his esophagus and trachea. We had no idea of his birth defect until he was diagnosed within a few hours of his birth as having tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia (EA/TEF), Type D (double fistula). Joshua’s esophagus did not form a continuous tube from his mouth to his stomach, and was connected to his trachea in two places. This meant that he was unable to breathe properly and there was no way to get food to his stomach. EA/TEF occurs in about 1 out of every 2,500-3,500 babies, and the type that Joshua had is the rarest, occurring in only about 0.7% of the cases. We were incredibly fortunate that Joshua underwent corrective surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital before he was even one day old. After his surgery, Joshua spent four weeks recovering at Children’s Hospital before coming home.
Today Joshua is a happy and healthy thirteen-year old, and we are very grateful to have access to such skilled doctors just a short drive away! Our younger son, Adam, has also received services through the Departments of Otolaryngology and Psychiatry at Children’s. Overall we count ourselves incredibly lucky and blessed that both of our children have received incredible care at Boston Children's Hospital. We feel so grateful to have maintained our long-term fundraising relationship with Boston Children’s Hospital.
Children's is a wonderful place. It is truly a unique hospital - one of the best pediatric institutions in the world. Your donation will make a difference in kids' lives, just as Boston Children's Hospital has already made a huge difference in ours. We continue to raise funds for the hospital every year because we know how important the work that they do there is!