Health Care Home - Patient Story - Mitchell
This story was submitted by Mitchell's family.
When Mitchell was first diagnosed, it was very scary. We had never heard of DiGeorge Syndrome and no one could tell us exactly what to expect. Mitchell looked like a “normal” infant, and it was very hard to accept his diagnosis. What we did know was that Mitchell wasn’t going to benefit from us being sad and sitting around. Our research began with a goal to find out everything we could about Mitchell’s conditions and with the help of CentraCare, where it all started, we have managed to give him the best resources he needs.
We would like to share our son with you. His name is Mitchell, and he was born January 11, 2010.
At four months of age, Mitchell was diagnosed with Velo-cardio Facial Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome (22Q11). This is a chromosome abnormality, which means he is missing information on chromosome 22. He has multiple medical conditions including poymicrogyria / pachgyria (brain abnormality), sub mucosa cleft palate, bifid uvula, bicuspid aortic valve, microcephaly and craniosynostosis.
Mitchell has many developmental delays due to his poor muscle tone. He requires PT, OT, and speech therapy. He is able to take a few steps wearing leg braces and a walker. Feeding was a big issue which led to a G-tube. He received this in February and since has gained weight and energy. Mitchell does make a few sounds, but is unable to say any words at this point. The best part of Mitchell is that he is very social. He enjoys interacting with others and understands what is happening around him. He is very happy and is always laughing and smiling. His bright personality makes him so loveable!
Today we continue to take one day at a time. We believe Mitchell will be like any other child in that he will determine who he is and who he is able to become. We want to thank Dr. Schrup and the Health Care Home team in making a difference in Mitchell’s life. We feel Mitchell is “known” here. It gives us a feeling of support and that we’re not alone in each step we take for Mitchell.
Thank you for reading our story!!
CentraCare Clinic - Women & Children
1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303
Pediatrics Clinic, Suite 1300
Health Care Home Case Coordinator