Esophageal and Airway Treatment Center | Patient Stories

EAT_Patient_BrandonOne patient's story: our baby's esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula

My husband Brian and I are about to celebrate our 14th anniversary. A big milestone for any relationship, but after the hardships in the past few years, it seems extra special. For the first 10 years of our marriage we tried for kids, but it never happened.

EAT_Patient_ElliotOne family's story: esophageal atresia

For expecting parents, learning that their soon to be born baby will enter the world with a birth defect can be very difficult news. Five weeks before Heather and Jay Cleckler's son's due date, he was diagnosed with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF).

EAT_Patient_ClaraAn ocean away: Care for laryngeal cleft brings Clara to Boston

Clara had a congenital condition called esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula (EA/TEF). This condition meant that her esophagus hadn't developed properly and didn't connect to her stomach creating a small fistula.

EAT_Patient_CharlotteThe joy of cooking (and eating) after tracheomalacia

At 5 years old, Charlotte is an avid baker — a talent she picked up not at culinary school, but at the Yawkey Family Inn. There, a volunteer taught her how to bake while she waited to undergo treatment for tracheomalacia.