Jack was born 9 weeks early and soon after he was born, his parents found out that he had EA/TEF (his esophagus was in two pieces and the bottom piece was attached to his trachea) and Duodenal Atresia (a blockage in his intestines). Jack was sent to Cincinnati Children's the next evening for surgery to connect his esophagus correctly and repair the blockage. His parents thought that after surgery, Jack's hospital stay would be short and we would just be waiting for him to heal. They soon found out that was not the case.
Jack's surgeons were unable to repair him that night due to complications and his parents almost lost him. Jack stayed in the Nicu for three more months waiting for his esophagus to grow and having surgeries to repair other birth defects, in addition to a couple more surgeries the following month. Over the years Jack has had many surgeries but few set backs. He is defying all the odds: eating on his own at 18 months old, and having his feeding tube removed when they thought that would take years to happen. He has caught up to his peers and loves to play outside with his friends. His parents say that they have Cincinnati Children's to thank, because every day they kept him safe and allowed for every milestone he has met.