Julie’s son Weston was three-years-old when they first brought him to CHOP. He was born with a congenital heart defect. Weston’s case was one unlike anything the CHOP doctors had seen before, but they told Julie that they were going to try their hardest to find the answers and give him the best chance.
The three years that Weston spent in the hospital weren’t that different from the life of any other child his age. He baked cookies and made pizzas with the hospital chefs. He even learned to ride a bike and to roller skate during his stay. Julie said, “He did everything you would do at your house. You don’t normally see kids skating around the intensive care unit.”
CHOP prides itself on letting kids still be kids even though they are in the hospital. Julie said, “Child Life is incredible. He was going to do every single thing that everybody else was doing. He was just doing it in a hospital. He loved it, he absolutely loved CHOP.”
When Weston passed away in March of 2014, Julie was at peace. Not only did she feel like his pain and suffering over but because she truly believed that her son was cared for by the CHOP staff. She said, “Everybody in that hospital loved him. Everybody in that hospital took care of him just like they do all of the other kids.”