We brought our son Logan to Doernbecher when he was 4 months old. He was wheezing and had high fevers that our doctors thought were signs of asthma and pneumonia. We had been back and forth to the hospital so many times without a solution until finally our new pediatrician sent us to Doernbecher.
At Doernbecher, we first met with Janis Tendler, the pediatric GI (gastrointestinal) nurse practitioner. Tests showed Logan had milk protein in his lungs, which indicated he was refluxing and aspirating fluid into his lungs.
Logan had a surgical procedure to repair his esophagus, and a tube was inserted into his stomach to help his recovery. The surgery went very well and Logan’s doctors were great. We had all our questions answered and felt completely reassured that we were doing the right thing and that Logan was in the best of hands.
We spent five days in the hospital, and we were so impressed with Doernbecher. It’s definitely a kid-centered place. We had volunteers playing guitars and singing kids songs; the Globe Trotters visited and met with the kids. And it was great to have the art room to occupy our four other kids while we were at the hospital. We are especially grateful to Janis, who was just incredible. She went out of her way to advocate for us the entire time, from the day we met until we went home. And she’s just amazing with kids.
Since Logan’s surgery, all four of our older children have had the procedure, too. Their respiratory problems were never as severe as Logan’s, so they had not been diagnosed until the reflux was identified in Logan. I can’t begin to tell you how much better things are at our house now!