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Thirty-nine surgeries…and counting

AydinDespite its name, cat eye syndrome affects more than just Aydin’s eyes. This rare chromosomal disorder also causes abnormalities and dysfunction in Aydin’s heart and blood, small and large intestine, liver, and musculoskeletal system, to name a few. To date, Aydin has undergone 39 surgeries to correct issues associated with cat eye syndrome, the first at three days old.

Aydin’s condition requires frequent and lengthy hospital visits and care from specialists in areas such as gastroenterology, audiology, cardiology, hematology, and general and plastic surgery. With McLane Children’s only minutes from his home, Aydin receives state-of-the-art treatment from a team of caregivers all working together, and has the support of his family and friends close by.

Aydin in the hospital“We have spent a lot of our time with many doctors, nurses, and staff at McLane Children’s,” Aydin’s mother says. “They have become our extended family and the hospital has become our second home. We are so appreciative of everyone who makes it possible for Aydin to have such a high quality of life.”