Jackson’s Story

Soon after Jackson was first born, he started experiencing a lot of bruising and had a really hard time healing. At the age of two, Jackson was diagnosed with Hemophilia. Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder that causes the blood to not clot very well and can result in increased bleeding even with a slight injury. There is no cure for hemophilia at this time, but by using the medicine and treatment available regularly, the disease can be kept in check.

“When you first hear a diagnosis like that you always have fears for the worst and fears of what he can’t accomplish or what he can’t do normally like any other child,” says Jackson’s mom Gretchen. We’re thankful we have this place. There’s constantly something on the horizon that the doctors are keeping abreast on,” says Gretchen.

Jackson has been coming from West Virginia for treatment at Nationwide Children’s ever since his diagnosis. Our Comprehensive Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorder Treatment Center is on the forefront of cutting-edge advancements in blood disorders.

When Jackson was six, he was also diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Despite his diagnoses, Jackson is an incredibly active, smart and outgoing 12-year-old kid. He loves playing golf and basketball. When Jackson was seven years old, he’d tell his mom how much he wanted to be a doctor, because he could see how they helped him and others at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“Jackson is the strongest kid I know. Jackson has a wonderful ability to put his Hemophilia in perspective in relation to what other children, who are fighting much more serious medical conditions, have to endure. We are so fortunate that there are medicines to treat his conditions and help him live a very full life. We are truly blessed,” says Gretchen.

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Soon after Jackson was first born, he started experiencing a lot of bruising and had a really hard time healing. At the age of two, Jackson was diagnosed with Hemophilia. Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder that causes the blood to not clot very well and can result in increased bleeding even with a slight injury. There is no cure for hemophilia at this time, but by using the medicine and treatment available regularly, the disease can be kept in check.

“When you first hear a diagnosis like that you always have fears for the worst and fears of what he can’t accomplish or what he can’t do normally like any other child,” says Jackson’s mom Gretchen. We’re thankful we have this place. There’s constantly something on the horizon that the doctors are keeping abreast on,” says Gretchen.

Jackson has been coming from West Virginia for treatment at Nationwide Children’s ever since his diagnosis. Our Comprehensive Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorder Treatment Center is on the forefront of cutting-edge advancements in blood disorders.

When Jackson was six, he was also diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Despite his diagnoses, Jackson is an incredibly active, smart and outgoing 12-year-old kid. He loves playing golf and basketball. When Jackson was seven years old, he’d tell his mom how much he wanted to be a doctor, because he could see how they helped him and others at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“Jackson is the strongest kid I know. Jackson has a wonderful ability to put his Hemophilia in perspective in relation to what other children, who are fighting much more serious medical conditions, have to endure. We are so fortunate that there are medicines to treat his conditions and help him live a very full life. We are truly blessed,” says Gretchen.

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