A Gastric Pacemaker Changes One Teen’s Life

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon is about much more than running or walking an incredible distance. It’s about 24 Miracle Mile Patient Champions who have shared their stories to inspire you. One Angel Mile to honor, remember, and celebrate those who have already finished their race. And one Encore Mile, for the patients who lined the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon in 2012. Morgan Hood, from Abilene, Texas, will represent mile 10.

Morgan was an active Texas teenager when suddenly, during her junior year of high school, she became unable to keep food down due to severe nausea and vomiting. Morgan’s case puzzled her pediatrician, who sent it to the Mayo Clinic for help. Morgan was ultimately referred to our pediatric gastrointestinal experts. There, the family learned that Morgan suffered from functional dyspepsia and could be helped by a unique treatment – a gastric pacemaker.

Through her illnesses, surgeries, and long trips from Texas to Ohio, Morgan remained in the top 15% of her graduating class. She is running again. Morgan has persevered through many struggles, and has no doubt that she will one day be able to run the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, not just cheer from the sidelines. When you run or walk through Mile 10, do it for Morgan!

Kelly Abrams
Kelly Abrams came to the Foundation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in October of 2011 and quickly learned the ropes of her position as Assistant Director of Development Communications. Her job duties range from managing creative projects, writing and content development, to riding a motorcycle through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon to document each mile. Kelly never has a dull moment in the ever-changing world of communications. The most fulfilling aspect of her career is forming a bond with patient families who share their stories in hopes to inspire our community. Outside of the office, Kelly is a social butterfly and is rarely sitting still. She enjoys yoga, weekend adventures with her friends and taking advantage of the rare Ohio sunshine.

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