Baby Everly, born weighing a fragile 4 pounds 2 ounces, was diagnosed with the rare birth defect called long gap esophageal atresia (EA)—a condition where part of her esophagus, the tube connecting her mouth to her stomach, was missing.
In need of specialized pediatric care for their daughter, Everly’s parents brought her to Boston Children’s Hospital where Russell “Rusty” Jennings, MD, co-director of the hospital’s Esophageal Advanced Treatment Center, and a team of clinicians successfully repaired her esophagus.
Today, baby Everly is hitting all of her milestones—eating solid foods, crawling and just recently said, “Mama” for the first time.
“We just want to thank Boston Children’s Hospital and Rusty and the EA team, because of what they could do, Everly is living the life she deserves,” says her mother, Emily.
Watch the three-part video series produced by the television show, “The Doctors,” which captured Everly’s medical journey from surgery to the moment she took her first bottle.
Video 2: Baby Thriving After Ground-Breaking Surgery
Video 3: Message from Boston Children’s Hospital
Learn more about how Boston Children’s treats EA.