Avery- Hero of the Month

Avery - First name only

Avery experienced constant pain that was only partially relieved by medication

The last few weeks of January for 6-year-old Avery were spent at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. After undergoing multiple labs and tests, doctors were able to determine Avery was suffering from disseminated mycobacterium avium-intracellular complex (DMAC), an infection that causes patients to suffer from weight loss, fever, and other serious complications. During her hospitalization, Avery experienced constant pain that was only partially relieved by medication.

Despite the pain and multiple pokes and procedures, Avery was often found smiling in her room and trying to play with her family. Her nominating Child Life Specialist Kim even recalls that Avery “was brave enough one day to stand up and go to the playroom, even though she ranked her pain very high.”

“It is very hard for most 6-year-olds to spend such a long time in the hospital, but Avery is a trooper,” adds Kim. “I am honored to nominate her for the Hero of the Month award.”

Kids Wish Network is proud to honor Avery, too, along with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and CLS Kim!


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