Kelsey Colins, 16, from Bellbrook was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4. Since her diagnosis Kelsey has worked with physicians at Dayton Children’s to help manage her diabetes by controlling her insulin intake and her dietary needs. Today Kelsey is seen by Moira Pfeifer, MD, in the endocrinology clinic at Dayton Children’s. Recently Kelsey was also diagnosed with hyperthyroidism as well as Addison’s disease. As a frequent flyer of the hospital, Kelsey also works with Dayton Children’s physician Gregory Toussaint, MD, to help teach medical students what it means to be a good doctor from the patient’s perspective.
Kayleigh Crabtree, 11, from Beavercreek was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on August 20, 2010. Kayleigh underwent five rounds of chemotherapy under the care of Mukund Dole, MD, at Dayton Children’s. Kayleigh is a true philanthropist at heart and has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research during her battle with the disease. Kayleigh completed her last round of chemo in fall 2012 and is excited to be an ambassador so that she can help other kids at Dayton Children’s!
Kristopher Rodgers, 13, from Springfield has been living with a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF) since he was 6-months-old.Since then he has been seen in the pulmonary clinic at Dayton Children’s in order to manage this lifelong condition. As a young child Kristopher spent many days as an inpatient at Dayton Children’s but today has gone seven years without having to be admitted. Kristopher has matured quickly and has learned how to manage and perform treatments for his CF on his own. Even though CF often makes it difficult for Kristopher to breathe sometimes he has not let this stand in his way. Kristopher recently began taking karate lessons and is already on his way to his purple belt!
Meghan Mays, 17, from Centerville was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 6 and began seeing Mike Albert, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at Dayton Children’s. After nine years of wearing different back braces to try to fix the problem it was decided that Meghan would need surgery. Her back had gone from a 20- degree curve to 54 degrees. Dr. Albert performed spinal surgery on Meghan in December 2011 and placed two rods and 16 screws in her back to straighten her spine. Today Meghan is standing a little taller and is extremely active in cross country and working at multiple part-time jobs. Meghan wants to be a nurse when she grows up because of the amazing care the nurses at Dayton Children’s gave her while she was here.
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