Stories about: Dr. Russell Jennings

Noisy breathing? It could be tracheomalacia

doctor examines boy with tracheomalacia
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DJ is at his pediatrician’s office with his third bout of pneumonia this year. Katie wants to play soccer, but gasps for air when she exerts herself. Sarah’s parents have learned CPR because she has stopped breathing so many times. Although these kids appear to have very different problems, they all have one underlying cause: tracheomalacia.

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No stopping him: Liam doesn’t let complex conditions slow him down

liam stays active despite complex conditions

Liam Wise has spent a considerable portion of his 14 years on earth seeing various clinicians at Boston Children’s Hospital. So it wasn’t surprising when, asked by his mother, Sarah, what he wanted to do during a recent vacation, he eagerly replied, “Go to my hospital!” But for this good-natured teenager, Dr. Samuel Nurko and the rest of his care team at the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center — and in 11 other departments — are like family he looks forward to visiting.

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The joy of cooking (and eating) after tracheomalacia

Charlotte was diagnosed with EA/TEF and tracheomalacia as a baby

For most little kids, a trip to the supermarket is an annoying chore, made tolerable only by the opportunity to request sugary snacks as a reward. But when Charlotte McQueen accompanies her mother, Erin, to the store, it’s a journey marked by imagination and delight. “Mom, can we get that?” she asks, pointing to a can of pureed pumpkin. “Oh, and we’ll need marshmallows and we can make chocolate frosting. It will be a great cake!”

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