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Jimmy Williams wearing his battery backpack for an LVAD

Jimmy Williams

Eleven year-old Jimmy of Jackson, Missouri is a kind, funny and active young man. An avid and well-decorated golfer, Jimmy was playing in a tournament in early August of last year when we came off the course and got sick. “He recovered and went on to play two more games,” says his mother, Shana. “But…

Cardinal Glennon kid Amjad

Amjad Awawdeli

He may be only 26 inches tall, but his size is easily overshadowed by his strength. Six year-old Amjad is almost a celebrity at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, having won many hearts since he was born. In 2013, Riki Awawdeli was expecting a baby. Already a mother of three children, she had a history of…

Cardinal Glennon patient, Kagen Hill

Kagen Hill

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, or chronic liver disease, and is a leading reason for liver transplants in the United States. HCV is more common in adults than in children. Children who have HCV most often acquired…

Cardinal Glennon kid Kalista Rasmussen

Kalista Rasmussen

That simple body function is almost a miracle for a child who has experienced constipation, stool leakage and difficulty with bowel movements since shortly after birth. “She was a fast learner, crawling at 4 months and then walking at 9 months,” said her mother Katherine. “But when it came to going to the bathroom, she…

Cardinal Glennon kid Aiden Ellis

Aiden Ellis

13-year-old Aiden Ellis enters the swimming pool at Hazelwood Central High School, gearing up to practice his favorite stroke, the butterfly. Ellis is a competitive swimmer, making it to the division championships last year and finishing seventh in the 50-meter fly as a member of the Heat, a regional select swim club. “I love being…

Cardinal Glennon kid Chandler Street

Chandler Street

In just the past 30 years, obesity rates among children have tripled in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, 13.7 million children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years old are considered obese. While education and increased access to healthier food choices has caused a decrease in childhood…

Cardinal Glennon kid Shaun Patterson

Shaun Patterson

Shaun Patterson was in tears. After years of hard work, he learned he would miss his high school graduation because he would have to remain in the hospital for weeks or months while awaiting a heart transplant. Shaun had been born with congenital heart defects that erased his dreams of playing basketball but he set…

Cardinal Glennon kid Ben Smith

Ben Smith

When Benjamin was born in 2015 – six weeks early – his parents Kate and Clay were not prepared for the host of scary diagnoses that immediately followed. Ben has a clinical diagnosis of CHARGE Syndrome, a complex genetic syndrome that affects 1 in 10,000 children and often causes life-threatening birth defects. In Ben’s case,…

Cardinal Glennon kid Liam Rhoades

Liam Rhoades

As a scheduler for an obstetrician’s office, Amy Rhoades from Wright City, MO is no stranger to dealing with expecting mothers. In the fall of 2018, Amy found herself walking the journey of pregnancy herself when she learned she was expecting twins with a due date of January 2019. There was a long history of…

Kirby Frost and his Wife

Kirby Frost

Walking the halls of the inpatient Hematology-Oncology Unit on 4 North at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, one will typically see children from infancy through their late teens. But lately, those halls have also been home for 27-year-old Kirby Frost. Kirby (KJ) is a lineman who works for the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Originally…