Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Ohio, July 2014
Steven first came to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in February where he endured multiple diagnostic procedures before being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting, painful symptoms. Steven was unable to get his condition into remission with medication and required a colectomy only two months later. This surgical procedure would remove a portion of his colon in an attempt to ward of symptoms of the disease. In preparation for the surgery, Steven was readmitted to the hospital where he needed to maintain adequate nutrition, an endeavor that took a feeding tube and surgically implanted picc line to achieve. Finally, Steven was able to have the surgery.
Unfortunately, 15-year-old Steven was met with more challenges following his surgery. The teen developed pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, and needed another stay in the hospital. But with perseverance and hard work, Steven was able to recover and was discharged after being admitted for over a month.
“Steven has maintained a positive and caring attitude since day one of his diagnosis,” recalls Child Life Specialist Hollie Johnson, who nominated Steven. “Most adolescents may become angry or give up after enduring so much within such a short amount of time, but Steven did not. His resistance and ability to overcome such obstacles makes him the perfect nomination for the Hero of the Month.”
Facility: Nationwide Children’s Hospital