David’s Story

David’s family’s journey began when his older sister Christin was diagnosed with kidney and spinal issues. She was seen at their local children’s hospital for five years before being referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As this was happening 5-year-old David began showing the same symptoms as his sister.

Tests confirmed David was born with Multicystic dysplastic kidney and Tethered Cord. Multicystic dysplastic kidney occurs when one kidney isn’t formed correctly in the womb, and Tethered Cord is where the spinal cord has very limited movement, which can develop into neurological issues as the child grows, especially if left untreated. David had surgery to release his tethered spinal cord and tests and scans were performed on his solitary kidney. He was seven years old when he began treatment at Nationwide Children’s.

“It was scary to think that we were going to have to go to a new state to a new hospital to meet new doctors and try new treatments, but when we walked through the doors there was joy and peace. The treatments and surgeries that our children have received at Nationwide Children’s have given us so much hope for their futures,” says Michelle, David’s mother.

Today, David is thriving on his baseball team. Last year David was selected to compete in the regional tournament on his league’s all-star team. And this year, David and his team were the 2018 City Champions and won the Mayor’s Cup. He loves watching NASCAR, playing basketball with his brother, and taking walks with his family and dog.

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David’s family’s journey began when his older sister Christin was diagnosed with kidney and spinal issues. She was seen at their local children’s hospital for five years before being referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As this was happening 5-year-old David began showing the same symptoms as his sister.

Tests confirmed David was born with Multicystic dysplastic kidney and Tethered Cord. Multicystic dysplastic kidney occurs when one kidney isn’t formed correctly in the womb, and Tethered Cord is where the spinal cord has very limited movement, which can develop into neurological issues as the child grows, especially if left untreated. David had surgery to release his tethered spinal cord and tests and scans were performed on his solitary kidney. He was seven years old when he began treatment at Nationwide Children’s.

“It was scary to think that we were going to have to go to a new state to a new hospital to meet new doctors and try new treatments, but when we walked through the doors there was joy and peace. The treatments and surgeries that our children have received at Nationwide Children’s have given us so much hope for their futures,” says Michelle, David’s mother.

Today, David is thriving on his baseball team. Last year David was selected to compete in the regional tournament on his league’s all-star team. And this year, David and his team were the 2018 City Champions and won the Mayor’s Cup. He loves watching NASCAR, playing basketball with his brother, and taking walks with his family and dog.

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