Hospital celebrates joyous homecoming

Hospital celebrates joyous homecoming

After spending his entire life in a Hospital, including four months at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, Asia Patton is finally taking her son home. Nine-month-old Keylin Patton was born with a complex and rare heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the left side of the heart is critically underdeveloped. “You just never know how strong you can be, until you’re put in a situation like this,” said Asia Patton. “After these past nine months, I feel like I can do anything.”

Patton first found out about her son’s heart condition when she had an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby. After he was born, Keylin spent several months in the hospital, where doctors had to perform many surgeries, including his first open heart procedure.  Patton said one of the hardest things for her as a mother, was not being able to take her son home. “It’s not the same because you’re not bringing your baby home, enjoying that lifestyle of bonding and getting to hold him – that’s what I missed the most, being able to bond with him,” said Patton. “When he was born, I held him for a few seconds and that was it.”

After five months at OU Children’s Hospital, Keylin then went to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. While at the Hospital he received several types of therapy and 24 hour medical care. “With Keylin being bedridden, he really needed those rehabilitative therapies,” said Patton. “Coming to The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital has really changed my outlook on everything. I was so sad I couldn’t take my baby home, but I realized the Hospital was where he needed to be and I could be a hands-on mom from here.”

Now nine months later, Patton is finally taking her baby home. “We can close this chapter and start his new chapter at home. I’m ready for him to bond with his brother and to just be at home in his own bed,” said Patton. “You think you live in a perfect world until God throws something at you, and you think you can’t handle it, but at the end of the day it’s like, ‘Wow, I survived.’”

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