Austin – Hero of the Month

Name: Austin
Age: 4
State:Camden, NJ
Facility: Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital

Hero of the Month Girl

Austin was admitted after a severe drug reaction caused his entire body to break out into red, itching and painful sores. These sores soon developed into agonizing blisters that covered his entire face and body. He was diagnosed with Steven Johnson’s Syndrome. Austin was transferred to the PICU due to the intensity of pain and trauma caused by this syndrome.

Due to the severity of his condition it is difficult for Austin to engage in simple daily tasks such as eating, bathing and walking. Austin has remained strong and brave throughout this traumatic experience and can be seen, even while in immense pain and discomfort, playing with Legos and video games. His family has continuously been by his side and provided Austin with the support and encouragement he needs. As Austin prepares for discharge, he and his family continue to struggle with the lasting effects of this syndrome but are thrilled to be returning to the comforts of their own home. Here at Cooper, we hold a place in our hearts for this brave young boy who has endured so much at such a young age.

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