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Fox 4: Children’s Mercy offers special day for kids living with trachs

By Sherae Honeycutt

For kids living with a tracheotomy it can be hard. Not only is the medical procedure difficult, but others might stop and stare. Children's Mercy is going to help with an event later this month - just for them.

Kids like Oliver and Jordan, both 2-years-old, who just met, but have a bond they can't yet comprehend.

"For some children, and people, they stare, and they look at him,"Jordan's mother, Brittany Garcia said.

Both boys live with a tracheostomy. It's a tube that allows them to breathe directly into their windpipes. Ollie has a muscle disorder, while Jordan developed a lung disease from being born premature.

"To Jordan this is just his normal lifestyle," Garcia said. "It's all he's ever known. This is our first child for my husband and I so it's all we know."

However, thanks to Children's Mercy, on September 29, kids just like Jordan and Ollie will come together and play.

If your child has a similar condition, and they would like to be part of the play date, here is what you need to know. The event is on Saturday, September 29 at The Lenexa Community Center. It's from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to R.S.V.P. by emailing TrachFamilyDay@cmh.edu by September 21 with your child's name, and how many people will be attending.


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Learn more about Infant Tracheostomy Care at Children's Mercy.