Garrett, 28, loves to dance and hang out with his family. Medical challenges have taught him the importance of enjoying every minute of his life. At 9 months old, doctors at Children’s National Hospital diagnosed him with chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. His digestive system was unable to process food. Garrett has been dependent on intravenous nutrition since he was 3.


Despite his disorder, Garrett played with his three younger siblings as he grew up, attended school and participated in sports. He began dance as a junior in high school. “Garrett would not be alive today were it not for the advanced medical care and technology at Children’s National,” his mom Marilyn says. “The hospital continues to be his rock.”


Our care providers may have saved Garrett’s life, but he and his mom believe the little things often count the most. Kind smiles and thoughtfulness from hospital staff have helped him and his family cope. “I always feel that they have my best interest in mind by the genuine way they express themselves, explain things and listen to my fears and concerns,” he says.


Today, Garrett requires intravenous fluids and nutrition 16 hours a day. That hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a career in acting and dance. He shares his story to inspire other young people to follow their dreams, no matter what. “I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world,” he says. “I have my life and it’s full of opportunities.”

A young patient at Children's National Hospital.

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