Sean Rawlins was born with VACTERL syndrome, a disorder that can cause defects in the vertebrae, digestive system, heart, trachea/esophagus and limbs. His parents were told by doctors to prepare for the worst and there was no treatment available for Sean due to his small size. But they wouldn’t give up hope and that’s when they found Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
When they arrived, Sean was seen by Dr. Ben-Isaac and Dr. Stein to help treat his symptoms. Though difficult, both doctors continued on and performed multiple surgeries throughout his life.
Sean is now 18. He just graduated from an area public high school with honors, despite being diagnosed with a learning disability, dyslexia and Asperger’s. On top of that, he is an incredible artist and has earned his Eagle Scout ranking with the @boyscoutsofamerica
“My son was able to do all of this because of the treatment and ongoing encouragement my son has received from CHLA,” says Sean’s mom, Shelly.
Sean recently presented both Stein and Ben-Isaac with an Eagle Scout mentor pin—a token of his gratitude to two people who were willing to invest their time in him and help him get to where he is today.