2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Kenneth

rsz_arkansas_childrens_hospital_allen_kenneth_photo.jpgKenneth and his triplet sisters were born premature at just 25-weeks-old. He only weighed 1lb, 10.5 ounces, and unfortunately he suffered severe brain damage. Kenneth’s parents were informed shortly after his birth that it was likely Kenneth would never walk, talk or breathe on his own. That said, the medical staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital did not let this prognosis stop them from giving Kenneth the chance at life that every child deserves. After spending 315 days in Arkansas Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Kenneth was able to go home.

Currently, Kenneth battles numerous diagnoses, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, larygnomalacia decannulation, seizure disorder, and IVH grade 4 bilateral bleeds. However, his parents say that they have trouble keeping up with him. In other words, Kenneth is a walking-talking contradiction to science. Kenneth has made extraordinary strides since his original prognosis thanks to the care he receives at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, most specifically at the Medical Home Clinic.

Now 8-years-old, Kenneth meets the challenges each day brings with ease. He has an incredibly lovable personality, which makes him a favorite in his first grade class. In his free-time, Kenneth enjoys playing with Legos and lending a hand to his Dad at the family furniture store. When Kenneth grows up, he hopes to become a trashman or police officer.

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