The Young Family Story

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Published: Apr 17, 2019

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When a short trip for a scheduled surgery turned into a more than two-week stay, the Young family experienced the stress of not only an additional, unplanned surgery for 10-year-old Ian, but facing this while being far away from home.

Precocious and kind, Ian has Morquio Syndrome. His family traveled from Mobile, Alabama for his surgery at Nemours/Alfred I.  duPont Hospital for Children with Dr. Mackenzie to help alleviate his back pain.

But the Young family faced an unexpected roadblock: Ian’s trachea was too curved for him to be intubated. Because of this, Ian needed an unplanned surgery to correct his trachea, allowing intubation for this, as well as future, surgeries.

A good sport through it all, Ian said about his hospital stay: “It was fine. Me and my nurse, Miss Molly, watched the Prometheus episode of the Hulk.” His parents explained that Ian, who is a BIG fan of The Hulk, downloaded the series before they left home, so he was well-prepared for his hospital stay.

Ian faced his surgeries with superhero-like positivity!

During their stay for Ian’s surgeries, the  Young family stayed just across the street at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

Marcus, Ian’s Dad, said, “I don’t know what we would have done without the Ronald McDonald House. After being away from home for so long, it was getting stressful for all of us. But, the House gave us a place to unwind, get a good night’s sleep, and have a wonderful meal.” To that Ian added, “the macaroni and cheese and big chocolate cake were the best part!”


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