Kendall’s story

Kendall was 2 years old when I took him to the pediatrician because he was complaining of an ear ache. He did indeed have an ear infection, but his heart was also beating very fast. The next thing I knew, we were in an ambulance for a 2 hour drive from our hometown of Findlay to Nationwide Children’s in Columbus. The doctors told us when he came in, his heart had moments of beating over 200 beats per minute. We spent 3 days in ICU and an additional 4 days on the cardiac floor while they worked to lower his heart rate. He was diagnosed with Atrial Tachycardia and has been on medication to keep his rate in line since. He has had a few other hospital stays to adjust his medication. At the end of May, Kendall underwent an ablation to try to fix his Tachycardia. We recently found out the ablation was unsuccessful and he had to have another inpatient stay to adjust his medication again. Through this all you would never know anything is even wrong with Kendall. When he found out he had to stay in the hospital again, he was thrilled. To him, it’s Nationwide Children’s Summer camp. From the art cart, to the playroom, meeting new friends and unlimited popsicles, what is not to love about it for a kid? Not to mention the amazing staff who is always caring and puts us all at ease. When we make the trip to see Dr. Kertesz every few months for a checkup, we always know we are receiving the best care possible. In Kendall’s free time, he enjoys staying active outside. He loves to play sports with his siblings. He has a special love for trains, especially Thomas. Thanks Nationwide, for all you do for Kendall!
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Kendall was 2 years old when I took him to the pediatrician because he was complaining of an ear ache. He did indeed have an ear infection, but his heart was also beating very fast. The next thing I knew, we were in an ambulance for a 2 hour drive from our hometown of Findlay to Nationwide Children’s in Columbus. The doctors told us when he came in, his heart had moments of beating over 200 beats per minute. We spent 3 days in ICU and an additional 4 days on the cardiac floor while they worked to lower his heart rate. He was diagnosed with Atrial Tachycardia and has been on medication to keep his rate in line since. He has had a few other hospital stays to adjust his medication. At the end of May, Kendall underwent an ablation to try to fix his Tachycardia. We recently found out the ablation was unsuccessful and he had to have another inpatient stay to adjust his medication again. Through this all you would never know anything is even wrong with Kendall. When he found out he had to stay in the hospital again, he was thrilled. To him, it’s Nationwide Children’s Summer camp. From the art cart, to the playroom, meeting new friends and unlimited popsicles, what is not to love about it for a kid? Not to mention the amazing staff who is always caring and puts us all at ease. When we make the trip to see Dr. Kertesz every few months for a checkup, we always know we are receiving the best care possible. In Kendall’s free time, he enjoys staying active outside. He loves to play sports with his siblings. He has a special love for trains, especially Thomas. Thanks Nationwide, for all you do for Kendall!

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