I was born in China with a colorectal malformation. I was adopted at four years old and came to the United States. After my adoption, I was very fortunate to receive all the medical care I needed. My surgeon, Dr. Alberto Peña, corrected the surgery that was done in China.
Thirteen years later, I would return to China with my mom to adopt my little brother. He was seven years old and was also born with a colorectal malformation. My brother was extremely bloated when he joined us and my Mom was concerned. We went to bed that night but at 3AM, my brother was in extreme distress and we had to rush him to the hospital. He had a very severe intestinal blockage. We weren’t sure he was going to survive the night. Fortunately, they were able to clear the blockage without surgery. That night I knew I would help the children in China born with colorectal malformations.
I have had the good fortune to work with Dr. Peña and Dr. Levitt for two summers at the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I have learned so much from the staff at the Colorectal Center and have met so many great kids that were born with colorectal malformations.
In the summer of 2011, I had an amazing opportunity to spend a month in China learning from the people that work with the children with colorectal malformations. I especially want to thank Dr. Randy Jernejcic and his family for their hospitality while I was in Beijing. I’m also grateful to the doctors and staff at Beijing United Family Hopsital, Dr. Steve Martin and the staff at New Hope Foundation, and everyone at Maria’s Big House of Hope.
I am very grateful that Love Without Boundaries has enthusiastically agreed to help us improve the lives of these children and for all their help. I also would like to thank Dr. Peña and Dr. Levitt and the entire staff at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Colorectal Center for their encouragement and support.
Improving the lives and medical care of children in China born with colorectal malformations
Alex presenting awards to Dr. Peña and Dr. Levitt at the Ronald McDonald House Red Tie Gala