Eli O’Mara has a larger than life personality and was eager to thank Mitchell Subaru for their support of the Greatest Need Children’s Fund. The care he received at Connecticut Children’s was life-changing, for him and his family. He first came through the Emergency Department when he was a baby experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction. “He was a pretty normal baby at first,” his mother, Allison says. “And then at 8 months old, he had his first anaphylactic reaction to food, his first ambulance ride.”
But other issues were looming, including severe weight loss due to a virus at age 1. “By that point, he really stopped hitting milestones,” his mother says.
A special formula addressed Eli’s nutritional needs, but he did not begin walking until he was 18 months of age and didn’t speak until he was 3½ years old. When Allison and her husband, Joshua, met with the Developmental Pediatrics team at Connecticut Children’s they found out why: Eli has a developmental coordination disorder known as dyspraxia, which affects physical motor skills and speech. He continues to be seen in Occupational Therapy and is followed in Developmental Pediatrics.
More recently, Eli was diagnosed with autism and is being treated for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His family has also learned that there is a genetic component to his condition.
Now in the first grade, Eli—an articulate little scholar, who can rattle off all 50 states and their capitals—has come a long way since his diagnosis. “It was a big turning point for us,” Allison says. “He is such a success story.”