Fourteen-year old Darren has been admitted for several hospitalizations, due to multiple illnesses. He is currently back in due to an infection to his intestines. It took several hospital stays to pinpoint the cause for his illness. Darren is a wonderful kid who is bright and very smart and admits that he really misses school! He is very kind to his family and really cares about everyone. He was very upset to have to come back to the hospital, and actually told us he could live with the pain. He was very concerned that he would fall behind in his classes and really hopes to graduate on time. Darren has great plans on attending the university so he can provide a better life for his family.
Even though he has been through so much, he always wants to give back, and has been a big help with the younger patients, taking on a “big brother” role in the playroom, encouraging them to talk, play and interact.