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Healing Paris Healed Our Whole Family

By Nina, a Children’s National parent
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Our family waged a seven-year battle against a disease that eluded many doctors. Dr. Marc Levitt, Chief of Colorectal & Pelvic Reconstruction at Children’s National Hospital, brought our daughter, Paris, a diagnosis. He also brought empathy, hope and a plan for healing ― all in our first telemedicine appointment.

That visit happened at the beginning of the pandemic. Dr. Levitt, along with gastroenterologist Dr. Anil Darbari and a team of nurses, physician assistants and schedulers attended the meeting with incomparable expertise and an overwhelming level of humanity and compassion. In that first visit, we accomplished something that had seemed impossible: an efficient and stress-free path to wellness for Paris. It felt as if the job of healing her was no longer in my hands alone.

Constant communication via email gave us tremendous peace of mind. Surgery solved Paris’ debilitating digestive issues in five months.

Paris’ newfound health has transformed our whole family. We laugh instead of cry. We talk about her future. She is able to visit with her grandparents, try new foods and participate in spontaneous activities. Paris hasn’t been able to engage in life like this for many years. We are forever grateful to Dr. Levitt and the entire team at Children’s National.