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Will

Will Davis was born with a gastrointestinal condition so severe it threatened his life, symptoms of which began to present themselves shortly after his birth. Doctors monitored him for several hours, but as the hour hand on the clock dragged on, it became clear that Will would need highly specialized care. Barely 24 hours old, Will took his first car trip—an ambulance ride to Boston Children’s Hospital—for complete diagnosis and treatment.

Within hours of his arrival in Boston Will was diagnosed and underwent the first of five surgeries to repair his intestinal malrotation and volvulus—a complex blockage of the digestive tract that leads to tissue necrosis. In cases as severe as Will’s, the condition could be deadly if left untreated.

Treating intestinal malrotation requires multiple surgeries and a good deal of supportive care—hospitalization for the condition can often last for months. In preparation, Will’s father, Gabe, his mother, Megan, and big sister, Chloe, all temporarily moved to Boston so they could be together as a family during his treatment.

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