My Doernbecher Story
My son, Philip Bayly, was born on March 30, 1998. We knew immediately that there was a serious problem, and within a few hours, had been transferred to Doernbecher. He was diagnosed with Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (there were no veins connected to one of the chambers in his heart), and was taken in for open-heart surgery when he was 24 hours old. We spent three weeks practically living at Doernbecher, and a little before he was a month old, he was finally discharged. I remember that we spent a lot of time looking at the bulletin board, with pictures of children who had been through what Philip went through, and were now healthy and happy...I wanted to encourage any parents who are watching, helplessly, as the life of their child is in the hands of the surgeons, nurses, and doctors at Doernbecher. It gets better, and you get through it. Philip is an active, healthy teenager now, with an amazing sense of humor and an appreciation for life, and will be running with me in the Hilo International Marathon in March, shortly before his 15th birthday.