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The Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach 5K Run Walk is benefiting the patients and families being treated in the Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center.
Patients like 12 years old, Corey Daniels:
Fun Facts: Corey loves spending time with his family, plays basketball, can only eat a few types of food (apples, pears, bananas, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, brown and white rice, couscous, white and sweet potatoes, turkey and tilapia), favorite food is In-N-Out French fries.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Corey was delivered a healthy full-term baby. Right after Corey reached 1-year-old, he started having health problems. A local hospital diagnosed him with asthma and severe food and environmental allergies. Things such as changes in the atmosphere and severe allergies to grass and wood-chips prevented Corey from living like a normal child for the first few years of his life.
Affectionately called “bubble boy” by his mother, Corey had to be more careful than most children, even his siblings, when venturing out into the world. In June 2006, the Daniel family moved to California. Five months later, Corey was hospitalized and it was then that he was introduced to the Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center care team at Miller Children’s.
Under the care of Eliezer Nussbaum, M.D., medical director, pediatric pulmonary and cystic fibrosis center, Miller Children's, and Inderpal S. Randhawa, M.D., allergist, immunologist and pediatric pulmonologist, Miller Children’s, Corey was able to manage his condition; and his family had found a new place to help support him. That year Corey was hospitalized twice, and every year after that the hospitalizations increased until this past February when Dr. Randhawa was able to identify that Corey suffers from an autoimmune disease, which further complicates his ability to recover when he has an asthma attack or allergic reaction.
Dr. Randhawa has since been helping Corey and his mother, Samone, learn how to control his asthma and allergies. Taking all of Corey’s diagnoses into consideration, Dr. Randhawa has now begun devising a care plan for Corey to help him control his symptoms and give him a better quality of life than he had before.
“The Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center has been able to identify triggers and devise a ‘game-plan’ to help Corey live a healthy and happy life,” says Samone Daniel, Corey’s mother. “Now Corey is able to be active for longer periods of time without having an asthma attack, and he can go outside when the weather changes without me having to worry so much about his allergies. Dr. Randhawa and his care team have also helped me learn how to monitor Corey’s asthma and allergies so that we can make changes at home that will improve his health.
About the Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
The Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center at Miller Children’s Hospital offers fully integrated, state-of-the-art, respiratory care for children from birth to 21 years with conditions involving the lungs and respiratory system, such as, asthma, lung disease of premature infants, cystic fibrosis, allergies and sleep disorders. The Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center treats children nationally and internationally and offers specialized programs in asthma, allergy, immunology, and cystic fibrosis (CF), where children receive a comprehensive care plan that will manage their symptoms from diagnosis to treatment by a specialized care team. Miller Children’s is a leader in advanced pediatric respiratory care technology, such as pulmonary function testing for infants, lung function testing, exercise cardio-metabolic-pulmonary testing, allergy skin testing, fiber-optic bronchoscopy procedures, sleep studies and endoscopic examinations.
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