Meet the Kids
Get to know some of the heroic young patients at ALYN Hospital who refused to take “no” for an answer.
It was every parent’s nightmare. After developing a fever, three-month-old Or was admitted to the hospital where it was discovered that he had no calcium in his body and that he had a heart defect. The prognosis was grim: The doctors said that Or would need to be connected to a respirator for life. He would never be able to walk or even bounce a ball. That’s when Or’s mother decided to get a second opinion—from ALYN.
The staff at ALYN taught Or how to drive an electric wheelchair. For the first time in his young life, Or had freedom. Now eight years old, Or sweeps through the halls of ALYN in his motorized chair, shouting “I am fast! I am up! I am high!”
In the blink of an eye Shira’s world crashed around her. She was 6 and riding home with her mother when, out of nowhere, a speeding car broadsided them. When Shira woke up in the hospital, she had completely lost the use of both legs. But what she did not lose that day was her gorgeous smile, her laughter, her courage, and her fierce determination that this was not going to get in the way of living life to the fullest.
Meet Abdul Kut:
Bright-eyed, vibrant Abdul is his parents’ precious firstborn son. When he was just nine months old, the family’s dreams were shattered. Without warning, Abdul was attacked by horrific flesh-eating bacteria. Within a few short hours, he went from being a perfectly healthy baby to fighting for his life in an intensive-care unit. While few children survive this devastation, Abdul did—although he lost both legs, one hand and most of his right arm. Today, Abdul can walk on his own, ride a bike and do most of the things that young boys enjoy doing.