Vincent’s Story

If you were to watch Vincent out on the soccer field, you’d see an athletic, skillful eight-year-old who loves scoring goals. In fact, he scored 15 of them for his team last season. But what you won’t see is everything that he’s been through and overcome to get to where he is today.

Vincent’s story at Nationwide Children’s Hospital began at birth. He was born eight-weeks early and profoundly deaf. He was welcomed into his adoptive family through the foster care system, who were able to take him home from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Nationwide Children’s when he was 8-weeks old, weighing just a little over five pounds.

At four months old, Vincent received his first pair of hearing aids. Then, when Vincent was almost three, he had cochlear implant surgery on his right ear and the same surgery on his left ear a few years later.

“The cochlear implant surgeries totally changed his world. Having access to sound and the ability to hear at normal speech hearing levels has been an amazing gift for Vincent,” says Mandy, Vincent’s mother.

The Hearing Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a multidisciplinary team approach to supporting patients and families navigating this process. The program’s mission is to provide families with evidence-based hearing and language care and lead advancements in research, education and training so that all children can achieve their full potential.

A few weeks after his second cochlear implant, Vincent had a heart ablation procedure to repair his cardiovascular diagnoses of Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW). During his first three years of life, Vincent was admitted to Nationwide Children’s over 18 times.

Today he no longer has any issues with his heart and thrives in the sports he loves – soccer, hockey and baseball.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital means everything to us. We refer to it as our second home and our extended family. When your doctors are just an email or phone call away and they make you a priority, it makes the stress of a diagnosis manageable,” says Mandy.

Vincent thrives on competition and if he thinks that anyone thinks he can’t do something – he’ll make sure he does it. This attitude has helped him to fight through his difficulties and beat any odds stacked against him.

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  • Name: Vincent .Vincent
  • Condition(s): Cochlear Implant
  • Age at Treatment: 0 Days

If you were to watch Vincent out on the soccer field, you’d see an athletic, skillful eight-year-old who loves scoring goals. In fact, he scored 15 of them for his team last season. But what you won’t see is everything that he’s been through and overcome to get to where he is today.

Vincent’s story at Nationwide Children’s Hospital began at birth. He was born eight-weeks early and profoundly deaf. He was welcomed into his adoptive family through the foster care system, who were able to take him home from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Nationwide Children’s when he was 8-weeks old, weighing just a little over five pounds.

At four months old, Vincent received his first pair of hearing aids. Then, when Vincent was almost three, he had cochlear implant surgery on his right ear and the same surgery on his left ear a few years later.

“The cochlear implant surgeries totally changed his world. Having access to sound and the ability to hear at normal speech hearing levels has been an amazing gift for Vincent,” says Mandy, Vincent’s mother.

The Hearing Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a multidisciplinary team approach to supporting patients and families navigating this process. The program’s mission is to provide families with evidence-based hearing and language care and lead advancements in research, education and training so that all children can achieve their full potential.

A few weeks after his second cochlear implant, Vincent had a heart ablation procedure to repair his cardiovascular diagnoses of Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW). During his first three years of life, Vincent was admitted to Nationwide Children’s over 18 times.

Today he no longer has any issues with his heart and thrives in the sports he loves – soccer, hockey and baseball.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital means everything to us. We refer to it as our second home and our extended family. When your doctors are just an email or phone call away and they make you a priority, it makes the stress of a diagnosis manageable,” says Mandy.

Vincent thrives on competition and if he thinks that anyone thinks he can’t do something – he’ll make sure he does it. This attitude has helped him to fight through his difficulties and beat any odds stacked against him.

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