“Crohn’s disease can lead to life-threatening complications”
Brevin is a 14 year old boy who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. This condition can lead to severe abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, mouth sores, weight loss, and malnutrition. The inflammation often spreads deep into the layers of the affected bowel tissue, which can be both painful and debilitating.
While there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, there are treatment methods to manage the condition. Brevin’s doctor recommended a special diet given via a feeding tube to improve Brevin’s overall nutrition. In addition, this allows the bowel to rest and can reduce inflammation, the main goal of medical treatment. This also provides Brevin with temporary relief from his symptoms and can improve his long-term prognosis by reducing the number of complications. The chronic inflammation has most recently caused Brevin to develop ulcers in his small intestine, putting him in the hospital for five days of treatment. Unfortunately these flare ups are not uncommon for Brevin as Crohn’s disease is a life-long illness.
“He takes each diagnosis [and complication] as it comes,” said his nominating Child Life Specialist. Brevin “does exactly what the doctors tell him to do and doesn’t feel sorry for himself,” she continued. He is a kind and laid back kid who loves spending time with his four brothers and sisters on his better days. They all enjoy playing football and basketball together as a family.
It is with great pride that we recognize Brevin’s incredible strength and determination by honoring him as Kids Wish Network’s along with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Hero of the Month. Way to go, Brevin!