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Little Bean, Big Heart (3 Photos)

On April 13th of this year I posted a photo in the DAR (above) of a little 19 month-old boy named nicknamed Bean, fighting for his life. Born with a quirky anatomy to put it mildly, Bean is a sort of medical mystery. All signs point to an chromosome abnormality but no known syndrome. Before his third surgery, Bean lay unconscious with his lucky green KCCO egg and a little advice from Yoda. His mother, Melikahiwa, asking the Chivers only for some positive thoughts and prayers.

Since I posted the photo hundreds of Chivers have written me asking for an update. I finally have it:

And finally, one my favorite photos I’ve ever posted on this site. It shows Bean last weekend, on his second birthday, walking the pediatric hall of Hopkins with a huge IV after his surgery. Thanks to the elite doctors at Hopkins and the giant will of one little Chiver, Bean is better now. His mother exclaimed, “John, my precious Bean is fixed.”

The photo of Bean in his black KCCO is now framed in the new pediatric wing at Johns Hopkins.

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