Evelyn was born in China and needed immediate medical care to survive. She had multiple extensive surgeries in China before the age of two prior to her adoption. Although it was daunting for Evelyn’s adoptive family to know she would need significant and lifelong care, as soon as they saw Evelyn’s face they knew she belonged with them.
Evelyn’s family first learned about Nationwide Children’s Hospital from a Facebook group for families with kids who also have colorectal malformation. Upon the recommendation from other families, Evelyn’s family decided to travel to The Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s for her care just four months later.
“Nationwide Children’s Hospital feels like home – like a medical refuge for our weary family. Though we live nine hours and more than 500 miles away, we turn to Nationwide Children’s again and again for our daughter’s needs,” says Evelyn’s mom, Rebecca.
Today at six years old, Evelyn has already endured more than many will experience in a lifetime. Throughout her many surgeries, infections, procedures, hospital admissions and tests, Evelyn has demonstrated time and time again just how strong a little girl can be. Despite her challenges, Evelyn is a happy kid always up for an adventure. She especially enjoys costumes, singing, dancing and eating and cooking Chinese noodles.