‘Mayor of the NICU’ leaves suburban hospital for 1st time ahead of 1st birthday

‘Mayor of the NICU’ leaves suburban hospital for 1st time ahead of 1st birthday

PARK RIDGE, Sick. (TOC) — It isn’t day by day {that a} Neonatal Intensive Care Unit affected person walks out of the hospital.

However Max Do did simply that as he left Advocate Youngsters’s Hospital in Park Ridge Monday for the primary time in his younger life.

There was nice fanfare for the event as a result of Max turned often known as the “mayor” of the NICU.

“He simply loves folks,” father Dan Do stated. “Something you say to him, he’ll smile. He is a very good boy. Good boy.”

“We take every little thing daily, however total, we’re actually completely satisfied and grateful,” mother Kim Nguyen stated. “You may see Max is a extremely completely satisfied child. Each time he smiles, it is wonderful. I simply need to see him smile.”

Max is the one youngster on the planet identified to have a mutation of a uncommon situation referred to as congenital sodium diarrhea, which prevents him from absorbing vitamins.

Medical doctors knew one thing was incorrect when he was born two months untimely with a distended stomach. It took a gaggle effort to make the analysis.

“It was an awesome group effort from all people, from nurses, GI, geneticists,” Dr. Michael Capello stated.

Nonetheless, Max’s dad and mom did not know what to anticipate.

“There was a time once we thought we had been going to lose him and we had been mentally preparing for that,” his father stated.

However Do stated they grew near Max’s medical doctors, nurses and hospital employees, who gave them a lot wanted assist. And over the months, Max made a outstanding restoration, relying solely on vitamin by way of an IV.

“Max had a ton of curveballs thrown his approach and he swung onerous and knocked all of them out of the park,” Costello stated.

Max will nonetheless have to get vitamins by way of an IV, and his dad and mom will get frequent assist from nurses who will come to their dwelling. However his physician says Max will at all times be a particular a part of the hospital.

“Everybody’s clearly ecstatic that he will get to go dwelling and be together with his household,” Costello stated, “however everybody’s slightly unhappy as a result of he is been such a giant a part of the NICU household.”

Max turns 1 12 months previous subsequent week! Though, his household says they aren’t planning a giant celebration.

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