Logyn, dressed as a mini-Wonder Woman in a gold tiara and a blue tutu, glittered from head to toe at her first birthday party. “She’s our little superhero,” says her mom, LaTanja.
Life hasn’t always been so super for Logyn. When she was 2 days old, LaTanja and her husband John learned that their daughter had a life-threatening intestinal condition, which causes the intestines to twist and restrict blood flow. “We understood that she might not survive,” LaTanja says, “but Logyn fought hard to get where she is today.”
Logyn’s family transferred care to Children’s National Hospital at 3 months old, after learning about our Intestinal Rehabilitation Program. She already had undergone five surgeries and would need one more. “The other surgeries involved intubating Logyn which made recovery hard,” LaTanja recalls. “At Children’s National, they offered an epidural for pain management, which made a huge difference. We were shocked and relieved to see her back to her old self the very next day.”
LaTanja also was surprised that Children’s National staff prepared her and her husband to be expert caregivers to Logyn at home. Their daughter left the hospital for the first time at 4 months old.
Today, Logyn is a busy toddler, learning to walk, talk and eat through her mouth, a little at a time. She loves to sample squash, green beans and potatoes.
“A year ago, we didn’t think we would ever get down this road,” LaTanja says, “I cannot thank the staff at Children’s National enough.”