T-CELL ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA
BATSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, Jackson, Miss.
When Jacob lost his appetite and energy and began having frequent nose bleeds, his mother knew something was wrong. After weeks of looking for a doctor with openings, he was finally diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the hospital and immediately admitted. Because 87 percent of his blood consisted of cancer cells, he was taken directly to the pediatric intensive care unit. During his treatment, Jacob had several surgeries in one of two pediatric surgical floors built with CMN Hospitals funds.
During this difficult time, Jacob’s mother Olevia recalls that child life specialists were one of the most helpful aspects of their stay. She and Jacob felt cared for and educated at every step, thanks to this program supported by CMN Hospitals funds. She specifically cites the outstanding communication and emotional support that remarkably made a challenging time one of Jacob’s fondest memories. He’ll often ask, “Don’t you miss the hospital, mama?”