Boy with Bacterial Pneumonia Named a Hero by Kids Wish Network and CoxHealth Dee Ann White’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Connor Patrick

“If the bacteria entered Connor’s bloodstream, it could cause organ failure”

Connor was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit after being diagnosed at just 6 years old with bacterial pneumonia, an infection in the lungs that cause the air sacs to become inflamed and filled with fluid and cellular debris. It causes severe chest pain and difficulty breathing. Connor underwent an ultrasound and a series of chest x-rays that showed he was also suffering from pleural effusion. Fluid had accumulated around Connor’s little lungs and the tissue lining his chest cavity. He was also facing the risk of bacteria entering his bloodstream from his lungs and spreading the infection to other organs, potentially causing organ failure.

Lying in a hospital bed and clutching his teddy bear for comfort, Connor spent the next few days receiving breathing treatments and continuous IV antibiotics. He passed the time coloring, reading, or visiting with “Batman.” However, the germs overpowered his weak immune system. The pleural effusion was thickening and he needed a chest tube to drain it. Unfortunately, the complications didn’t stop there; two days later, Connor needed surgery. The bacterial pneumonia had caused an abscess to grow in a cavity of his lung that his doctors needed to open, drain, and remove.Connor HOTM tshirt pic

After the surgery was complete, a tube was placed in Connor’s windpipe for 24 hours to ensure his airway remained open. Unable to speak because of the intubation, Connor did his best to reassure and comfort his family by mouthing “I love you” to his mom and grandma. The first thing that this sweet boy asked for once the tube was removed was a simple bag of gummy bears. His positive attitude, selfless nature, and friendly demeanor in the face of 16 medical procedures are what make Connor a true Hero.

It is with great pride that we honor Connor’s brave perseverance by recognizing him as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Way to go, Connor!


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