Nationwide Children’s Hospital
In August 2013, Luke was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a type of irritable bowel disease. By March, he needed his first surgery to repair part of his colon. During the time immediately following surgery, Luke developed abdominal abscesses that required more medical attention. After addressing those wounds, it was predicted that Luke would recover, but the 11-year-old started developing seizure-like behavior and spent a few days in the ICU. Luke managed to pull through and was able to be discharged after six weeks in the hospital. Luke returned after a few months for removal of his colostomy bag, which he no longer needed.
Luke endured numerous procedures and trying events during his hospital stay but always presented a strong and positive attitude.
“Luke was open and honest when discussing difficulties and presented wise beyond his years,” wrote his nominating Child Life Specialist Lindsay. “He met each medical challenge head on and worked hard during recovery time. Luke has been, and my guess is that he will continue to be, a role model for other children as well as those of us with much more life experience as he maintained a positive outlook throughout this trying process.”
We’re excited to honor Luke as a Hero of the Month! He truly has shown brave behavior in the face of life-altering circumstances.