Every day I come to work I am amazed at the privilege of caring for babies and little children. It is the most rewarding aspect of my career that parents, faced with fear and anxiety for the health of their precious children, put their confidence in our team to give them the best care possible.
Dawson Tucker is a great example. Born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, this beautiful boy needed the surgical implantation of a shunt to relieve the pressure and allow his brain to develop normally. It was a real pleasure to care for him and to get to know his parents and extended family that came to the hospital in his support.
I got a big surprise when Dawson came back to clinic for his post-operative check-up. Dawson’s family had seen how important it is for older children in the hospital to have fun activities and a supportive environment. They saw that some kids go for rides in little red wagons to lighten the day, get out of their roomsor relieve the anxiety of going for a test.
Dawson’s grandfather decided to get together with other family members and donors in his town and build the most tricked out red wagon Doernbecher had ever seen!
Every day when I see a patient riding in the Tuckers’ wagon down the halls of Doernbecher, I am reminded what a great community I am a part of. It involves doctors, nurses, patients, families, donors, professional staff, and thousands upon thousands of other Oregonians.
Best of all? Dawson’s family had so much fun building this wagon for Doernbecher, they decided to build more. Thanks, Tuckers!
Nathan Selden, M.D., Ph.D.
Mario and Edie Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Director, OHSU Neurological Surgery Residency Program
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital