Updated: 05/27/2014 8:21 AM
Created: 05/26/2014 5:03 PM WHEC.com
All this week at News10NBC, we're celebrating miracles. Our Golisano Children's Hospital Telethon is this Sunday. Each day this week, we're bringing you stories of how Golisano Children's Hospital has helped so many families in our community and across the country. Here's the story of one of our miracle kids, Blake Gauss.
Jessica Gauss noticed something wasn't right with her 22-month-old son Blake. He wasn't having fun with his friends at a Memorial Day picnic. She noticed he was pale, his lips were white. So she took him to their doctor in Geneva. Blood work showed Blake was severely anemic and Jessica was told to take him to Golisano Children's Hospital immediately.
Jessica says, "We got right in the car and drove right to Strong."
The Gauss's learned right away that Blake had leukemia.
"They said we would meet his oncologist the following day and they would start chemo that day."
Doctor Jeffrey Andolina says Blake was initially considered standard risk, but that changed fast.
"He got additional testing which showed that he still had some residual leukemia in his bones and that upgraded him into higher risk category."
The challenges were just beginning for little Blake. Later, doctors found a fungal mass in his left lung.
Jessica says, "What they ended up doing was removing the total lower portion of his left lung to get rid of that infection."
He recovered, they resumed chemotherapy, but then doctors found another life threatening fungal infection. This time in his brain."
"If this had been 10 or 15 years ago most of the children would have died from that infection alone," says Dr. Andolina
But, Blake made it through the brain surgery, they removed the mass and he completely recovered. Only to be diagnosed with C-Dif, a common infection you find in the hospital and it kept coming back.
He couldn't eat and was hospitalized for about a month. Meanwhile, the family had people praying all around the world for their son and those prayers were answered. Blake recovered again. His parents thank the doctors at Golisano Children's Hospital and god, for their precious miracle.
Jessica says, "Our faith in God was definitely the number one thing."
Dr. Andolina says, "I'm not sure my colleagues and I have ever had a patient who has had so many life threatening infections and has had to go through so much."
Again, we're preparing for our annual Golisano Children's Hospital Telethon. It's this coming Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.