Tom represented Franciscan Children’s Hospital at last week’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C.
Born four months premature, weighing 1 pound 5 ounces with a height of 11 inches, Tom immediately faced tough odds. His organs weren’t fully developed, he could not breathe on his own and his retinas were not fused leaving him legally blind. Tom underwent many surgeries and spent a total of 119 days in the NICU before he was healthy enough to go home to his family with the ability to breathe on his own and without the need for any medication.
“The doctors thought I was going to die… but I didn’t… I am a fighter,” proclaims Tom.