"We still consider Cook Children's staff and HI Center the ONLY place we want our son treated." - Ty's Mom
Ty was born 7 weeks early at 3 lbs 7 oz! He was fed every two hours, eating wore him out and after a very hard four weeks, he proved he could eat, grow and go home.
December 28, 2008 changed our lives forever. We arrived at Cook Children’s with Ty acting strange and immediately were rushed to the ER. A team started working on him, he was seizing and his blood sugar was 21. After many tests, many meetings with several different specialties, and many tears later we met Dr. Paul Thornton. He and his team took the time to explain to us that Ty had Hyperinsulinism and mapped out a treatment plan. Ty had a bumpy road, medication led to neutropenia requiring blood transfusions and he was treated for a central line infection.
The next step in confirming Dr. Thornton’s diagnosis required further testing that at the time could not be done at Cook Children’s. We transferred to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where Ty had 95% of his pancreas removed and was officially diagnosed with diffuse HI.
The day we returned to our team at Cook Children’s to continue healing was an amazing day! We were back to our home away from home; where we thrived the most, felt the most comfortable and felt completely safe in a scary time. Everyone kept close tabs on Ty while he was away, praying for him, anxiously awaiting his return, and celebrating his life! 83 days after walking into Cook Children’s ER, Ty was released to go home!!! He had a g-tube, overnight dextrose, 2+“tickle” shots daily, a regimented schedule and a dedicated team of doctors and nurses cheering him on.
We still consider Cook Children’s staff and HI Center the ONLY place we want our son treated. The best news of all - WE SURVIVED, WE’VE THRIVED, WE ARE STRONG!
Here’s what Ty had to say about Dr. Thornton, “I like Dr. Thornton because he is brave. He cares about his patients a whole lot. Dr. Thornton makes me feel special because he really wants to know what’s going on in my life. He’s not scared if something goes wrong because he will do what he needs to do to make it better. I like going to the clinic because the way it is set up makes you feel less afraid. Everyone is always smiling and happy to see me!”
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