At 6 weeks old, Michael was tested for cystic fibrosis at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin because his older sister had the genetic disease. The test confirmed that he too would face the health challenges caused by the disease, which affects the mucus lining of the lungs.
For the past 18 years, the hospital’s specialists have stayed on top of Michael’s condition with regular three-month checkups that track his lung factions, weight and height. Although Michael has had to undergo three sinus surgeries and must do airway clearance with a nebulizer three times a day, the expert care he’s receiving allows him to keep up with his many hobbies, including listening to music, studying foreign languages and watching baseball.
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