Wyatt was sick with pneumonia at 15 months old and his local hospital didn’t have the resources to care for Wyatt so they rushed him by ambulance to the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. “Until you actually need the children’s hospital, you don’t understand how important this facility is to have here for the children,” said Laura, Wyatt’s mom. Due to his worsening condition, he was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Wyatt was hospitalized for over 2 weeks. He also suffered from chronic gastric reflux and had a tiny hole in his larynx called a type 2 laryngeal cleft. The hole was allowing stomach acid to flow into his lungs and cause permanent damage. He had to have his lower lobe on his left lung removed. Over several years of testing and hospital stays due to more pneumonia, Wyatt was finally diagnosed with bronchiectasis. “Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital turned out to be a blessing, we have loved this resource here. Our doctors know us by name and they even send us Christmas cards. They are very much like family,” said Laura.

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