2011 Champion Ethan Cook
As a newborn, Ethan’s chest was noticeably indrawn and he often choked on his milk. He started choking each time he ate, to the point he had to be stimulated in order to breathe again. During one frightening bout, Ethan was rushed to a hospital emergency room but tests could not reveal a known problem
At nine weeks old, it was confirmed he had pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the opening from the stomach into the small intestine, and needed surgery right away. Ethan had spent four months in the hospital recovering when it was realized another operation was necessary.
Ethan’s parents sent their six-month-old baby back into surgery, having sold their belongings so they could travel with him to the hospital. They know their sacrifice was worth it as Ethan’s surgery occurred just in time – when the surgeons went in to operate they found his lungs and trachea almost completely full of fluid.
Despite years of follow-up studies, multiple bouts with pneumonia and a stomach surgery, Ethan is now a thriving five year-old. He adores his little brother, playing with bugs and making his family laugh.
About the Champion Child
The Children’s Miracle Network Champions program honours remarkable children from the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. For their courage and perseverance, these children have been selected as international ambassadors to raise awareness for the 17 million kids treated each year at Children’s Miracle Network children’s hospitals. Our Champion Child is part of "Champions Across Canada", a Children's Miracle Network® Program presented by Wal-Mart Canada.
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