As an infant, Breanna Chapman experienced her first ambulance ride due to extreme sleep apnea.
This would be the first of hundreds of hospital visits, transported by ambulances due to her life-threatening asthma as well.
“She has extremely sensitive and twitchy reactive airways which has limited her activities but never her spirit!” says mom.
At one point, having this life-threatening asthma caused Breanna to become steroid dependent; triggering hypertension and making it vital for her to take blood pressure medication several times a day.
Diagnosis of Severe Asthma and Sleep Apnea
At a young age, she was diagnosed with viral, exercised, allergen, and irritant induced asthma.
Due to the severity of these asthmatic diagnoses, Breanna no longer attends public school. It is crucial an adult be with her at all times in the event that she becomes unresponsive due to a severe reaction.
Taking proactive measures to ensure she receives exceptional medical care during a medical emergency is exactly what Breanna’s parents did, when reaching out to MedicAlert a few years ago.
“Having a MedicAlert bracelet has given us great peace of mind. It’s like having an extra guardian angel around when mom and dad can’t be there,” says 12-year old Breanna’s mom, Jill.
With her Purple MedicAlert ID Bracelet,both she and her parents feel comfort in knowing she is watched over when an emergency situation arises. MedicAlert’s 24/7 Emergency Response will connect emergency responders and medical personnel with your child’s health information when they are unable to speak, confused or unaware of their surroundings. Our 24/7 Service allows your child to live life to the fullest and eliminates the worry of you or your loved ones’ may have regarding your child’s health.
Living Life to the Fullest
In April of 2010, Breanna was granted a life-altering gift.
Her team of doctors and specialists received approval to send her to the Nation’s Leading Respiratory Hospital.
After several weeks of diagnostic testing and treatments at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO, Breanna received a new course of action on how to treat her “severe asthma.”
The several diagnostic tests weighed heavily on her at times, but mom states, “She was a trooper the entire time!” The specialists gave them several suggestions on how to avoid Breanna’s asthmatic triggers.
“Since our stay at National Jewish Hospital, she has become a new kid,” says Jill. “Back at home we rely on her super star doctors that have put her back together and back on track!”
With her Kaiser team of Pediatric Specialists, along with MedicAlert Foundation, mom and dad feel profoundly blessed to have an ideal support team both to prevent and aid in any emergency situations.
After finding a wonderful team of doctors, they have since created a combination of medications which has controlled her hypertension and allowS her to be off blood pressure medications completely!
Today, she is a happy 12-year old with a positive outlook on life!