“Jailon’s positivity was contagious”
This spring, 14-year-old Jailon fell extremely ill. After being admitted to Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Jailon was diagnosed with multiple infections and blood conditions. Over the course of a 14-day stay at the Louisiana hospital, Jailon was treated for:
- Septic joint of left knee and septic arthritis of ankle (intensely painful infection of the joints)
- Osteomyelitis of tibia and ankle (infection of the bone)
- Hypoalbuminemia (abnormally low levels of specific protein in the blood)
- Bacteremia (presence of bacteria in the blood)
- Anemia (lack of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body)
- Epistaxis (nose-bleeds)
To treat his multiple infections and blood conditions, Jailon underwent three separate incision and drainage procedures and battled through a PICC line insertion (a peripherally inserted central catheter that allows easier intravenous access for a prolonged period of time). After his stay in the hospital, Jailon continued treatment for another month at home.
“No matter the circumstance, Jailon was always positive and kind,” writes his nominating Child Life Specialist Francesca (pictured with Jailon). “His positivity was contagious.”
The hospital’s Facebook page said: “Jailon spent nearly a month in the hospital. Jailon kept a smile and a positive attitude exhibiting the heroic traits of strength, determination, diligence and bravery. Nurses and staff used an IV pole and a sheet to create a makeshift basketball goal for Jailon to keep up his mad hoop skills while in recovery.”
Along with Francesca and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Kids Wish Network is proud to recognize Jailon for his bravery and honor him as a Hero of the Month!