A sick newborn is a parent’s worst nightmare.
It’s something Patrice Briggs of Maple Valley knows well, both as a parent and as an employee of Children’s Therapy Center in Kent, which serves families throughout King County including Covington and Maple Valley.
In 1990 Briggs gave birth to her son Bobby, who was immediately diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia, a defect in the diaphragm which allows the abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity. Though the hernia was repaired, one of Bobby’s lungs was underdeveloped, requiring him to be hospitalized until he was 6 months old.
According to Briggs, he also had low muscle tone, chronic lung disease and could not tolerate anything near his mouth.
He was so fragile that two therapists from Children’s Therapy Center in Kent had to visit him in his home. Slowly, they were able to increase his muscle tone and help him eat. When he was 2, he was finally able to go to the Therapy Center for thereapy.