Stories about: esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula

One patient’s story: our baby’s Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula

Brandon at Children's

My husband Brain and I are about to celebrate our 14 year anniversary. A big milestone for any relationship, but after the hardships we’ve lived through in the past few years, it seems extra special. For the first 10 years of our marriage we tried for kids, but it never happened. Eventually we sort of accepted that it wasn’t meant to be and resigned ourselves to a life of sleeping through the night and ample free time. Then, almost out of the blue, I became pregnant. It was such a blessing; we were beside ourselves with joy.

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One family's story: esophageal atresia

Bradley Linden, MD, (far left) and Russell Jennings, MD, (far right) with patient Elliot Cleckler and parents Heather and Jay.
Bradley Linden, MD, (far left) and Russell Jennings, MD, (far right) with patient Elliot Cleckler and parents Heather and Jay.

For expecting parents, learning that their soon to be born baby will enter the world with a birth defect can be very difficult news.  Five weeks before Heather and Jay Cleckler’s son’s due date, he was diagnosed with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the trachea that can cause food traveling down the esophagus or acid refluxing up from the stomach to pass into the lungs.

Although Jay and Heather were upset, they were still hopeful. You can read more about the lengths they went to in order to fix their son’s birth defect, including traveling to Children’s from their home in California, here.

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