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Colton Hutchison of Jasper appeared to be a perfectly healthy little boy when he was born in February 2010. But weeks later, he frightened his parents when he stopped breathing while his mom, Kristy, was feeding him. After a few pats on the back, he revived and doctors attributed the spell to an upper respiratory infection. But five days later, it happened again and Kristy had to perform CPR on her baby.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Two days after Deja Black gave birth to son Jackson in June 2013, doctors diagnosed the newborn with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) – a congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart (the part that pumps oxygenated blood to the rest of the body) is underdeveloped. On the day of Jackson’s diagnosis, he was airlifted from his hometown of Mobile to Children’s of Alabama
Severe Persistent Asthma
Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes—even in a four-pound preemie. Zadian Palmer was born early, at just over four pounds, on May 6, 2008. “He had some complications, but he was a fighter,” says his mother, Silvia Rice. “He overcame and was able to come home from the hospital after just a few days.”
Schimke immuno-osseius dysplasia
It was Jessica’s turn to be strong when, around Kruz’s first birthday, she began to notice how sensitive her son was to light. What followed in the months ahead were visits with various specialists at Children’s of Alabama, multiple eye exams and an MRI, none of which revealed anything unusual. Eventually, their search for answers led them to Children’s endocrinology team.