Evan was born with multiple complications including kidney failure. He was transferred to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in 2010 after a five month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital. Evan has had more than 50 surgical procedures, spent several months in the pediatric intensive care unit and has collectively lived more than two and a half years of his life in the hospital. While in the hospital Evan often asked for a sibling but with his condition the family couldn’t consider a new child at that time.
Since then Evan’s condition has improved. A life-saving transplant at the end of 2013 afforded him the medical stability to live a life at home with his family. And in 2015, Evan’s wish for a sibling came true with the birth of his baby sister, Teagan. These days Evan frequents UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital through the outpatient clinics and he is currently thriving in first grade. Evan plays baseball, enjoys riding his bike and playing with his friends.