By Janna Cone, Children’s Hospital Administrative Intern, MHA student
The words written on Dortez “Tez” Gordon’s celebration cake said “Go Tez Go!” The celebration took place on Tuesday, May 8th where Tez and his family gathered with members of the pediatric burn care team. This multidisciplinary team was with him every day during his three month stay at MUSC Children’s Hospital after he suffered burns to 70% of his body. But, the words on the cake weren’t just encouraging Tez and celebrating his time to go home, but “go” was actually the first semblance of a word physical therapists and occupational therapists heard him say as he pushed a matchbox car during therapy.
Tez’s will power and personality certainly aided in his recovery says Ryan Curry, a RN II for the Pediatric Burn Center. She worked closely with Tez and says that “he’s a fighter, strong, and amazing.” But, Tez’s road to recovery was not an easy or short one. Through it all, Tez’s care team and his family remained hopeful. Tez underwent eighteen surgeries here at MUSC Children’s Hospital and extensive daily dressing changes. Dr. Andre Hebra recalls the many times he had to talk to the family and explain the dismal probability of Tez pulling through.
The collaboration of Tez’s care team at MUSC Children’s Hospital is remarkable in itself. The nurses, the surgeons, the child life specialists – they all worked together for Tez’s recovery and were sure Tez had daily play time and quiet time when able.
Despite the odds for Tez’s recovery, clearly, there were other plans. Plans that included a going home celebration with his care team, where he arrived in a wagon sitting in a car seat fitted just for him that the Children’s Hospital provided the night before his departure. The celebration included his favorite foods, a football he can catch again, a red hat, and new bedding for home. Tez’s spirit is back too, Curry commented on the journey from a critical admission to being eager to sit in his car seat to go home. While Tez still has outpatient visits ahead of him, he is expected to make a full recovery and will always be reminded of “Go Tez Go!”
And view the news spot about Tez “here”