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Jacob's Story of Care, Love and Hope

It's hard to know where to turn when the most precious thing in your life - your baby - is born with a heart defect. The Wells family of Searcy immediately turned to Arkansas Children's Hospital when their infant Jacob came into the world with a complicated syndrome. Today Jacob is a rambunctious 10-year-old who is quick to tell you that ACH is "my hospital." Find out more about his family's journey through several areas of ACH since his birth.

Jacob's Story of Care, Love & Hope: The First in a Series

Just minutes after her baby boy took his first breath, Shari Wells knew something wasn't right. Before long, her doctor said there was a problem with the newborn's heart and that he needed to be transferred. "I said, 'Call Children's,'" Shari remembers. Learn more about how the Wells family started their journey to Arkansas Children's Hospital onboard an Angel One helicopter. Watch episode one.

Jacob's Story of Care, Love & Hope: The Second in a Series

Jacob's family learns how complicated his condition is, and the Wells' infant son becomes a frequent patient at ACH. His story continues with an extended stay in the Arkansas Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where he had to learn how to eat, and with special procedures in the Heart Center at ACH. Watch episode two.

Jacob's Story of Care, Love and Hope:  The Third in a Series

Jacob continues to fight the odds and persevere:  Recovery following another heart surgery was estimated to take about two weeks, but Jacob was able to go home after 72 hours, within which time Jacob removed his feeding tube, threw it across the room, and said "No no's!"  This is just one example of this precious boy's fighting spirit.  Learn more about Jacob and about the bright future that awaits him and others diagnosed with congenital heart defects by watching this episode in the series chronicling Jacob's Story of Care, Love and Hope at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Watch episode three.

Jacob's Story of Care, Love and Hope:  The Fourth in a Series

"Kids aren't just little adults.  Everything is different about a child."  If anyone understands the importance of a hospital dedicated to children, it's the Wells family.  In this final installment of Jacob's Story, hear the Wells family speak to the care provided by Arkansas Children's Hospital, care specialized to children and their families.  You'll also hear Jacob share about his experience being treated at ACH in this final episode of Jacob's Story of Care, Love and Hope at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Watch episode four.

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