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Our Kids

 

Hilary Warren (15 years of age)
2018 Children’s Miracle Network Champion


 

 

 

 

Hilary was complaining to her older sister about a terrible headache and went up to her room to rest. Before long, her sister found her collapsed, unresponsive, on her bedroom floor.

Hilary was rushed to the Janeway, where doctors discovered she had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that had ruptured, causing severe bleeding in her brain. She required emergency surgery to remove the AVM and relieve the pressure.

Hilary spent days in an induced coma, with her family not knowing if she had sustained any brain damage. Miraculously, when Hilary awoke she could move all of her limbs and immediately began working on her recovery.

Though she had many complications fighting off infections, Hilary was determined to get better. Even when scarring on her brain led to epilepsy, she didn’t let it get her down. Hilary is once again back to doing the things she loves.  Imagine all the pranks she is going to pull now.

Ben Elliott (14 years of age)
2018 Janeway Telethon Miracle Kid

It was early June and Ben Elliot was enjoying the summer weather when he lost control of his dirt bike. The accident resulted in a severe burn on his right leg that went straight to the bone. At the Janeway, doctors covered the bone  with a skin graft, removing 20% of Ben’s leg muscle to aid in healing. Though it seemed inevitable that Ben would lose his leg, he and the Janeway team refused to give up.

Over the course of 71 days, Ben bravely underwent four surgeries and more than 300 dressing changes on his injury, all the while, keeping up with his studies with Janeway Hospital Teachers and even attending his Cadet meetings in a wheelchair.

In September, doctors confirmed that Ben’s leg would be saved. By the time the holidays rolled around, he was snowshoeing with his family without so much as a limp.

Ben is an inspiration to all those who know and love him, and is living proof that miracles do happen.  And you can tell from this photo that Ben is also a very fun-loving teenager.

Blake and Logan Traverse (6 year old twins) with their little sister Emma
2018 Janeway Telethon Miracle Kids

Renee and Justin Traverse’s lives changed forever when their twin boys, Blake and Logan, were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 27 months.

Having to maintain regular appointments with a speech language pathologist, occupational therapist and developmental pediatrician was challenging, especially with the arrival of their little girl, Emma.

But not only did the Traverse family rise to the challenge, they did so with energy and positivity that inspired all those who came into contact with them. For hospital staff, the Traverse family represents what can happen when families and professionals work together to help children realize their full potential: miracles.

Asha Vincent (5 years of age) 

Did you know that your lungs keep growing until you are nine years of age?  Asha Vincent and her family discovered this when Asha was just over two years of age, after she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Little did Asha’s family know that her next chest x-ray, to ensure that her pneumonia was cleared, was going to show a rare irregularity in her right lung called Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM).  The lower lobe was formed like bubbles and surgical removal was the next course of action.

After more than two weeks at the Janeway, first in ICU and then on the surgical floor, with a chest tube and daily x-rays Asha’s right lung sealed.  She was well on her way to a full recovery.

Now at almost five years of age Asha doesn’t mind showing you her scar or telling you her story.

She and her family have very fond memories of the staff at the Janeway who went above and beyond when they were going through, what could possibly be, one of the most difficult experiences of their lives.

Just ask Asha if her lung will continue to grow?  You can bet she has the answer!!!

 

Mya Healey (11 years of age)

From the very beginning, pain and discomfort have been a part of life for Mya Healey. Diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the tender age of two, Mya has been taking medication and undergoing pain-relieving treatments in Medical Day Care for as long as she can remember.

With regular treatments, Mya’s family hopes to ward off more serious complications often associated with juvenile arthritis, which include growth problems, joint damage and eye inflammation. Between her joint problems and her selective mutism, which prevents her from communicating verbally in social settings like school, Mya has faced more challenges in her young life than many face in an entire lifetime.  Yet, day in and day out, Mya continues to fight, and her perseverance is paying off.

Though she still suffers intermittent flare-ups, they are today much more manageable.

Noah Hunt (15 years of age)

Since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 10, Noah Hunt has faced his condition with a courage that inspires all who come in contact with him.

During his many extended stays at the Janeway — one of which lasted 40 days — Noah has bravely endured numerous grueling procedures, including going a full eight weeks on shakes alone, with no solid food whatsoever. Even after suffering a flare-up two weeks after his treatment, Noah’s spirits never failed him.

Currently in remission, he continues to undergo bimonthly infusions at the Janeway. Though another extended Janeway stay is always a possibility, Noah’s positivity and perseverance continue to inspire.