BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
Aaron is running in support of Brody, a beloved patient at Mass Eye and Ear. Brody struggled with breathing since he was 4 weeks old. After a frightening ER visit, Brody had been diagnosed with RSV, a respiratory virus infecting his lungs and breathing passages. After being admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and placed in a medically induced coma, Brody’s family turned to Dr. Hartnick and the Pediatric Airway team at Mass Eye and Ear. After a bedside bronchoscope, Brody’s airway was far too narrow, measuring 1.9cm, drastically smaller than his expected 3cm diameter. Dr. Hartnick’s team completed an immediate tracheotomy to help Brody breathe, hoping someday he could breathe on his own without it. Brody went through rehabilitation, but struggled with feeding tubes, infections, seizures, and numerous complications. After a long road living with the tracheostomy tube, Dr. Hartnick’s team found a new solution in July 2013. Dr. Hartnick embarked on a Laryngotracheal Reconstruction, an in-depth procedure to reconstruct Brody’s airway out of cartilage. The intensive surgery was a success and by February 2014, Brody was decannulated, removing the trach for Brody to breathe on his own. Two years later, Brody is a growing, active boy seeing significant progress in his subglottic stenosis, breathing all by himself. Brody’s success story is an inspiration and testament to the incredible work done at MEEI. Brody’s family credits the MEEI airway team for saving his life. Aaron is running to help the Pediatric Airway team, so more children can breathe on their own just like Brody.
As a nursing assistant on the Pediatric Surgery Floor, Northeastern University senior Aaron Yagoda is learning about health care from the front line. Whether taking pre- and post-operative vital signs or removing IVs, Aaron is getting the most out of his Mass. Eye and Ear experience. “The pediatric staff I work with is very inspiring, and the nurses have taught me so much about the importance of treating patients with kindness and care,” says Aaron, who is scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health by 2017. He also hopes to become a physician assistant in the future. “I have made lifelong connections with my co-workers at Mass. Eye and Ear, and my experience here has helped me to develop professionally and prepare for a career as a clinician.”
Mass Eye and Ear
Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery. Mass. Eye and Ear is home to the world's largest vision and hearing research centers, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. As a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, Mass. Eye and Ear trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology through our highly competitive residency and fellowship programs.Mass. Eye and Ear is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.