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Thomas Meyer

Age 4 | Asthma

Two-year-old Thomas Meyer wasn't feeling well. It was springtime in Louisville, and he was listless at school, wanting to lay down. His teachers noted that he just wasn't himself.

When his mother went to pick him up from school, she was concerned enough to take him directly to the pediatrician. By the time they arrived, Thomas was struggling to breathe.

The staff at East Louisville Pediatrics sprang into action, following a protocol for asthma treatment set up by Kosair Children's Hospital's Dr. Nemr Eid.

It was a true crisis situation.

A trip afterward to see Dr. Daniel Garcia, a pediatric pulmonologist and allergist at Kosair Children's Hospital, started Thomas on a regimen of medications to control his serious asthma, which is compounded by eczema and allergies.

He now must take daily medications, use a nebulizer twice a day, shots twice a week and a rescue medication when necessary.

Now, with careful management of his condition, Thomas is an active 4 year old, playing T-ball and playing with older brother William and younger sister Tinsley.

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Thinking big for the largest problem:

Asthma is the single largest reason for admission to Kosair Children's Hospital. Each year, more than 2,700 children come to the hospital because of asthma. Of those, 581 need to stay in the hospital.

But thanks to your generosity to the Children's Hospital Foundation, programs are in place to help combat this. The Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children's Hospital is involved in many activities that help combat and educate parents and children about asthma. One activity is the Kohl's "Just for Kids" C.A.R.E. program, which was started in 2006 to reach out to children suffering from asthma, and help them, their families and their educators learn more about the disease and how to manage it.

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