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Colorectal Reconstruction: Patient Stories

Brave: Like Mother, Like Daughter

When Michelle went through the two-year adoption process, one of the many reasons she chose Audrey to be her daughter was because the little girl was born with a congenital deformity called cloaca; Michelle knew she could provide Audrey with the kind of medical care her daughter would never receive while living as an orphan in Asia. She brought her daughter to the Pediatric Colorectal Reconstruction Center at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, where a multidisciplinary team performed reconstructive surgeries and is helping Audrey with potty-training and long-term bowel management.