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Addison Koch

Addison Koch

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On March 5, 2016, Addison was born prematurely at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. With a list of complex diagnoses, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Dandy-Walker syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, and respiratory failure resulting in tracheostomy and ventilator-dependency, Addison transitioned from the hospital to Ambassador Health Pediatrics.

Despite the obstacles facing this little girl, her family and care team never gave up. During her stay, Addison went from being dependent on a G-Tube for nutrition to eventually eating on her own. The pediatric therapy team helped Addison to find mobility with the assistance of a walker and she had a ton of fun venturing up and down the hallways to see what other patients were up to in their rooms, peeking in the door and giving them a great big smile before moving on to the next room.

Although Addison couldn’t speak, with the help of therapy and nursing, she learned and utilized sign language to communicate. Addison knew her caregivers and had a unique sign for each of their names.

In July 2018, Addison was weaned off of the ventilator. On November 5th, Addison’s parents and twin sister, Cameron, said “goodbye” to their Ambassador Health family as they prepared to take Addison home to live in Iowa as a family. Addison’s infectious smile and facial expressions brought joy to each person she came in contact with, and she will be greatly missed by all. Congratulations, Koch Family!

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