Meet Miracle Story Silas


Silas Oliver and his mom Terra

Three-year-old Silas Oliver is a Rainbow warrior. A legend of sorts. When cruising the hallways of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, there is no shortage of shared smiles or friendly hellos. Many days, Silas can be seen heading for his favorite spot in the hospital, Angie’s Garden atop the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute.

In his short life, Silas has had more than his fair share of battles. At just four months old he was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital with aspiration pneumonia. There, his family was delivered shocking news – Silas had a rare form of intestinal malrotation, a congenital abnormality in which the intestines fail to coil into the proper position in the abdomen. To further complicate matters, Silas' malrotation was accompanied by intestinal pseudo-obstruction, a rare disorder affecting the intestines ability to contract, hindering the movement of food, fluid and air through the intestines. "Silas is one of the most resilient little boys I know," said Edward Barksdale, MD, Robert J. Izant, Jr., MD, Chair in Pediatric Surgery and Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatric

Surgery at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "His case is very rare and accompanied by severe nausea, vomiting, bloating and abdominal pain that severely affects his desire and ability to eat. This is a life-long condition requiring coordinated care with multiple pediatric specialists at Rainbow. But Silas and that effervescent smile of his have a great long-term outlook." "Silas is a complex little guy but he lets nothing stop him. He is completely dependent on feeding tubes, has several genetic mutations and has faced some tremendously complicated diagnoses," said Silas' mom, Terra. "But he is the happiest, toughest person I’ve ever met. And his smile inspires everyone to stay positive."

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December 8, 2017
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