Hayden, 5 year-old from Victoria, Texas

After a trip to the Emergency Room, surgeon Dr. Stephen Almond diagnosed Hayden with Hirschsprung’s disease, a hereditary birth defect where nerve cells in the large intestine wall do not develop. A lack of nerves controlling the muscles that push food and digestive waste through the large intestine can cause part of the colon to die leading to infection and inflammation. After five major surgeries and lengthy stays in Driscoll’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Hayden is now taking life by the horns!