Quentin was born 15 weeks early at Riverside Methodist Hospital in January 2013. A breathing tube was placed immediately and he was whisked away to the NICU. This was day one of our 316 day hospital stay. After 3 weeks at Riverside, Quentin was transported to the Main Campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital because it was determined he would need surgery. During his time at Main Campus, Quentin underwent four surgeries; 2 brain shunt placements, a heart procedure, and a feeding tube placement. He struggled hard to breathe on his own and was intubated with a breathing tube for 4 months and on C-Pap for about a month. Quentin’s diagnosis include Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) and Cerebral Palsy.
We had no idea what BPD was prior to this NICU experience and we feel so incredibly lucky to have a place like Nationwide Children’s Hospital in our local community that specializes in BPD. The expertise and talent that the medical staff on this unit has is remarkable. We are so thankful for the NICU BPD Unit and the Outpatient follow-up care we received in the BPD Clinic after discharge. Nationwide Children’s also has a wonderful Cerebral Palsy program that provides support and medical care that I would have never expected. Also, I cannot say enough about all of the fantastic therapy programs that we have been part of. Quentin has participated in 5 intensive therapy programs and continues to receive outpatient PT, OT, and Speech therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Quentin is capable of so much and we are so thankful for all of the therapists that have helped him get to where he is today.
Quentin loves going to school to see his friends, reading books, horseback riding, and most of all sports of any kind. There aren’t enough “thank you’s” in this world that could express my thankfulness to everyone that we have come in contact with at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.