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Gastroenterology Patient Stories

Hunter’s Story

When Hunter was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, he didn’t want it to stop him from doing what he loves. After he had a colectomy, he wanted to get back on the track. He started with running, and eventually was able to do the high jump, long jump and hurdles as well. It’s been a trial and error process to figure out what he’s comfortable with, but Ulcerative Colitis can’t keep Hunter down! View on YouTube >


Chloe’s Story

In April 2014, Chloe was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a form of Intestinal Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is a chronic condition of intestinal inflammation, with no known exact cause. Through pioneering research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Connecticut Children’s Center for Pediatric IBD is uncovering clues about how our genes, the environment and other factors may play a role in the cause and treatment of IBD. In Chloe’s case, her treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Hyams, Division Head, has allowed her to feel like herself again. View on YouTube >


Toni’s Story

After spending a week inpatient for a flare up of Ulcerative Colitis, 17-year old Toni was told she would be unable to attend her prom…until her team of doctors and nurses at Connecticut Children’s banded together to grant her a therapeutic leave, giving Toni the opportunity to attend her prom at the Aqua Turf Club and experience the Cinderella prom she always dreamed of. View on Youtube > 

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