I ride to give hope to Children's Hospital Colorado patients like Maddix.
From Audrianna, Maddix’s mother:
Our story began in 2017, just 3 days after Christmas. I was pregnant with our son Maddix when I headed in for my 34 week appointment. I’d had a lot of sudden weight gain, so they sent me straight over to labor and delivery for an ultrasound. The technician quickly ran out of the room not saying anything, and the next thing I knew there were so many doctors and nurses in my room I couldn't believe it. I was told that they didn't know exactly what was wrong with my baby's heart, but I was being transferred to Children's hospital.
Less than 24 hours later (6 weeks early) our son was born via emergency c-section and taken straight to the operating room. He ultimately needed over 30 surgeries across the 9 long months we spent in the Children’s hospital in Aurora, 8 of which were in the Cardiac intensive care unit. It was rare that we could even hold him due to how fragile and sick he was.
The heart conditions our son was born with (Critical Aortic Stenosis and many more) left him with pulmonary hypertension and chronic lung disease. The last month we spent up on the pulmonary progressive care unit to begin our training. When he finally came home, he still couldn’t breath on is own because he was intubated for so long — at first he still needed a tracheostomy and ventilator with 24/7 care at home.
Today Maddix is a happy 4 year old without his trach and will hopefully begin preschool this year. He has fought his whole life, and thanks to children's hospital we get to watch our beautiful little boy grow up.