Carl was born with two life-threatening birth defects. The first, an intestinal blockage called duodenal atresia, was repaired immediately after birth by Dr. Scott Adzick. However, Carl’s troubles were not over. Four weeks later, Carl was in the hospital again due to breathing problems. Dr. Ian Jacobs, Director of the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, diagnosed him with stridor, a severe narrowing of the airway. Carl was given a tracheotomy, an artificial airway which required a lot of intense care throughout the day.
When Carl was 15 months old, he was finally able to undergo a successful airway reconstruction surgery, which allowed him to breathe normally for the first time.
Watch Carl’s story, featured on Seeking Solutions with Suzanne.