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“They saved Colton when he was four weeks old… I feel like I owe them a lot.”
Five years ago, Jessica White and her husband were in a race against time as they hurried into Nemours Children’s Hospital with their four-week-old son, Colton. The baby had grown lethargic, and Jessica noticed his skin gradually taking on a blue hue. She became alarmed after initially suspecting her son might just be dehydrated because he wouldn’t eat.
“When we walked into the ER they immediately took him from me,” she said. “A couple of nurses listened to his heart and they called a doctor over and he listened. They ended up admitting him. His heart rate was 290 and it should be around 120.”
Afterwards, they received the diagnosis that their son was suffering from an irregular heartbeat condition known as supraventricular tachycardia. That led to a week-long hospitalization.
“The care we received in that hospital, as scared as I was that I was going to lose my baby, they were amazing, and they took care of me and my husband and obviously Colton,” she said. “Every single person was amazing, from the cardiac doctors that treated Colton, to the people that cleaned his room. Every single person acted like we were the most important people in the world to them.”