2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Elliott
Born as a 25-week preemie, Elliot weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces and was the size of a water bottle. During his four month stay at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot underwent intestinal surgery and also received treatment for chronic lung disease, for retinopathy of prematurity and for his bilateral club feet. Still tiny and on oxygen, Elliot was discharged from the hospital after 121 days, just a few days before Thanksgiving, but he continues to go to the main hospital and to satellite locations for continued treatments and specialist visits.
Today Elliot is almost 4 years old, weighs 22 pounds, no longer requires additional oxygen and only requires a feeding tube to help with growth. He attends the local special education preschool and the Easter Seals Child Development Center. He receives services from a physical, occupational and speech therapists. Elliott is a very active little boy who knows his ABC’s and can count to 20. He enjoys playing with trucks and cars, reading, watching Disney shows, and taking visits to the park.