Ivan went through an intense and stressful hospital stay that most adults would even have difficulty experiencing
Ivan was admitted to CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital due to fever, lethargy, being non-responsive, and showing signs of kidney failure. Necessary medications were administered to Ivan to conclude a diagnosis, however they were causing him debilitating hip pain that was so severe, he could no longer walk. After rigorous testing, it was discovered that he had Osteomyelitis, a type of infection in his bones. To treat the infection, Ivan underwent 14 days of IV antibiotics in the hospital, and then 6 weeks of oral antibiotics at home. Ivan also continued to have checkups to ensure the infection was completely out of his system.
At only 3 years old, Ivan experienced between 15 to 20 procedures during his hospital stay which lasted over 2 weeks. He endured numerous tests including frequent blood draws, multiple CT and MRI scans, chest x-rays, a midline IV, bone scan and IV antibiotics. “Even as a 3-year-old, he tried to stay positive and focus on the good things,” said Ivan’s child life specialist who nominated him as Hero of the Month. “When he was too sick to play, he was still so grateful for the gifts he received after his procedures. Ivan was in severe pain from his infection and antibiotics, but still let his light shine through for his family and staff.”
Ivan’s family was very appreciative when they learned that he was being nominated for Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month. They were impressed with Kids Wish Network and that CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital was participating in the program. According to Ivan’s child life specialist, after his many procedures he was a little hesitant coming in close contact with staff members. But after she told him he was selected to be Hero of the Month, he excitedly gave her a high five!
It is with great pride that we honor Ivan’s bravery by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Ivan!
Hospitals and pediatric care facilities throughout the country participate in the Hero of the Month program by each month nominating children under their care who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances with courage and bravery. Those recognized by Kids Wish Network as a Hero of the Month are presented with a Hero package that includes a gift card and other special gifts. Participating facilities tout this program for its ability to positively impact the lives of children. For more information on becoming part of the Hero of the Month program, contact us.