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Give the Gift of Childhood


Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated solely to giving the gift of childhood. Partner with us as we fight the battle for life with our young superheroes.  


Meet Alexis

Parents Jarrod and Amanda McAlevy are grateful for the world-class cardiac care available at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Their daughter Alexis was born eight weeks premature. After spending her first four weeks at another hospital, Alexis was home and doing fine when she became ill unexpectedly.
 
The McAlevys rushed Alexis to Children’s where her condition deteriorated and tests revealed Alexis had severe right-sided heart failure. During Alexis’ two months in Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, she went into cardiac arrest four times. But, through it all, the heart experts at Children’s were there with the McAlevy family to help them get through this scary ordeal. Today, Alexis is back at home and doing well.
 
“We’ve had a lot of miracles along the way, many we attribute to the great care we received at Children’s," Amanda says. "We’re so grateful!”


Meet Matt

Tracy Lewis recalls the days when sores covered the inside of her young son’s nose and mouth, and his lower lip became so inflamed it split open. Tracy’s heart ached to see her son Matt in such pain, and she was frightened by uncertainty. Years of testing had ruled out viruses, infectious diseases, rheumatic diseases and respiratory issues with no clear diagnosis.

Three years after his symptoms first appeared, Matt was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic, inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Matt’s case of Crohn’s Disease was especially difficult to diagnose because his early symptoms didn’t appear to be GI-related, according to Fernando Zapata, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, who has treated Matt since he was 4 years old.

Now, under Dr. Zapata’s care, Matt’s Crohn’s disease is kept under control with a biologic medication, and other anti-inflammatory therapy.

“This is the best he’s ever looked and felt in his life,” Tracy says. You won’t see any mouth sores or split lips on Matt today. All you’ll notice is a big, beautiful smile and the sparkle of his braces.