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More than just a cough: Advocating for Jack

jack plays during an appointment for tracheobronchonmalacia
PHOTOS: MICHAEL GODERRE/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

By the time he was 2 years old, Jack Baker had made some 20 trips to the emergency department and had been hospitalized about 10 times. For much of his young life, the little boy had struggled with a cough that his parents, Katie and Rick, could only describe as a barking, seal-like noise. He was often sick with colds, couldn’t sleep for all the coughing, had shortness of breath and wheezing, and had started developing a blue tinge around his mouth.

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