Everett and his parents live in the United States. Everett was hypoxic at birth. He was put on several ventilation machines throughout his stay in NICU. Doctors believe Everett’s severe oral aversion and GERDS result from the trauma of being intubated. When he was 8 months old, Everett left an intensive, inpatient feeding program with a mini g-tube. Beginning March 2015, 15-month-old Everett was enrolled into NoTube’s Netcoaching program. Almost immediately, his GERDS disappeared. After the first week in the program, Everett would only drink water. Then, he moved onto swallowing yogurt and fruit purees. By June 2015, Everett was tube free, and even began accepting some solids! There are not enough words to describe our joy! Seeing our baby eat is priceless! Thank you, NoTube!
From the parents
For most of his life, Everett has never eaten well. Having complications early on with severe GERDS and failure to thrive, our little baby has never learned to feed well from a bottle or the breast. At 8 months, we enrolled Everett into an intensive feeding program in Dallas, TX. Despite receiving intensive, inpatient therapy, we left the hospital with a mini g-button. Thoroughly discouraged, Everett became 100% tube fed as we continued with feeding therapy. By February 2015, Everett’s oral aversion had gotten worse. We could not get anything near his mouth. Tired of seeing him cry during his therapy sessions, we finally fired his therapist.
We found Notube from a family who had successfully been through the program. In March 2015, we joined Notube and never once regretted our decision. Just a week into the Netcoaching program, Everett was drinking water from a cup. Just like a big kid! By week 3, Everett was eating yogurt like a champ! As we entered the month of June, Everett was already 30 days tube FREE! He continues to eat soft purees, but is gradually accepting (and swallowing) bits of solid foods, like pizza, chicken wings, ribs, and fish! Our baby is finally eating! I cannot thank Dr. Dunitz-Scheer and Dr. Marinschek enough! Seeing Everett learning to eat independently is priceless!