Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wyatt's Story

Wyatt Smith
Age 15

West Virginia
West Virginia University Children’s Hospital

Cystic Fibrosis

Shortly after Wyatt was born, his mother knew something wasn’t right. He weighed very little and no matter how much he ate, Wyatt struggled to gain weight.
At just 6 weeks old, Wyatt was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that causes lung infections and impaired digestion. This requires him to be on a feeding tube every night, take medications every morning, and use a vibration vest throughout the day to help shake loose the secretions that occur in his lungs.
Although cystic fibrosis will be a life-long battle, research has dramatically increased the life span for many patients. Wyatt regularly visits West Virginia University Children’s Hospital to ensure he remains healthy.
Today, 15-year-old Wyatt enjoys high school and loves hanging out with friends. He’s a typical teenager who loves to play video games, update his Facebook page and has a passion for football, even though cystic fibrosis prevents him from playing it. Wyatt wants everyone to know that people with cystic fibrosis can still live normally, and he’s a testament to

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