Olivia and her twin brother London were born two months premature. In just a few short weeks, it became obvious that something was wrong with Olivia. She couldn’t keep down any milk, and was getting no nutrients—she was literally starving, and had to be fed with an IV to stay alive.
Initially, Olivia’s doctors tried to treat her with medicine, but that didn’t work—in fact, the medicines began to cause breathing problems. Then, Olivia’s upper GI scan revealed that she had pyloric stenosis, a disease that narrows the lower part of the stomach so that food and other stomach contents cannot pass through to the small intestine. This is what was making Olivia vomit forcefully whenever she ate.