My son was born March 2, 1998. At birth, he was diagnosed with arthrogryposis, a rare condition that leads to curving of the joints. He was born with a dislocated hip, clinched fist syndrome and two club feet. He also could not hear, suck or swallow. He went on to have fundoplication surgery, a G-tube and a J-tube.
Thanks to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the doctors there, my son is now 17 and will be graduating next year form Towers High School. He hopes to play Major League Baseball for the American League or become an aeronautical engineer. He is one of the best pitchers in DeKalb County, if you ask me.
He has had several surgeries throughout the years and always bounces back stronger than before. It does get frustrating to him sometimes, though, because he can be doing so good and then something happens to set him back. I always tell him just get through it, and don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do something if you really want it. I always let him know that, regardless of what happens next, I have his back.
I just want to say, "Thank you!" to CHOA from the bottom of my heart.