“Olivia did what she needed to do to go home”
Six-year-old Olivia had been having major abdominal pain resulting in many trips to her doctor. When the pain progressed to vomiting, Olivia was admitted to Kaiser Permanente LAMC. There, she was diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis, a sudden inflammation of the pancreas. It can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment.
A CT scan detected a cyst that needed to be surgically removed. After surgery, Olivia was in the PICU for two days and found moving to be very painful. Faced with the challenge of getting out of bed or sitting up to eat or drink, Olivia tried her best. She began with moving from her bed to sit in her chair. With support, she was able to do breathing techniques that helped her to move around and eventually return home after a 10-day hospital stay.
Her nominating child life specialist wrote, “I did not once observe Olivia crying or become upset because she had to do something she may not have wanted to.”
Kids Wish Network is honored to recognize Olivia as a Hero of the Month along with Kaiser Permanente LAMC.