CHOP Patient Stories: Austin

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November 13, 2019

Austin was in respiratory distress as a baby and had to be intubated. His airway was unusually small and thus warranted a complete airway reconstruction surgery. Austin’s mother chose CHOP for this surgery, as she knew the stakes were high and was advised by a local physician, that the travel to work with Dr. Javia and the ENT team, would be well worth the outcome; thus, the family traveled from Florida to Philadelphia.

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Austin coded on the medical flight from Florida to Philadelphia and although he survived, he suffered greatly from a loss of oxygen and endured a major setback, prior to his airway surgery. The airway surgery itself was flawless!

To say it has been a tough journey for the family, would be an understatement. Despite all odds, Austin's mother Saundra says, "Austin is a feisty toddler," and that collectively, their entire healthcare team at home and at CHOP, are working tirelessly towards Austin's most optimal recovery. She credits much of Austin's miraculous recovery to the great care both her and Austin received, at CHOP. She even credits the care that the Child Life and Music Therapy department provided to her, allowing her to be the best advocate she could, for her son. She says, "CHOP saved my son." All of her tears are tears of joy when she walks into CHOP and mentions, “It feels like home."


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