Breathing Easier in Lafayette

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is providing specialized care to children from all over Louisiana. This is Henry’s story.

A Lafayette family found comfort and confidence at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health.

It was a sudden and severe asthma attack that put their 3-year- old son Henry in an intensive care unit in Lafayette that prompted Mollie and Rourke Feerick to find their way across the Atchafalaya to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

The morning after receiving an allergy shot, Henry woke up wheezing. His condition quickly worsened, and he was taken by ambulance from his pediatrician’s office to a hospital where he was intubated and put into a medically-induced coma.

When Henry’s condition didn’t improve for several days, they turned to Dr. Thomas Horsman, a pediatric pulmonologist with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health. Dr. Horsman is experienced in treating children with severe asthma, and he regularly sees patients in Lafayette at one of the satellite clinics.

“We kept hearing Dr. Horsman's name,” Mollie said. “The Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Transport Team came to pick up Henry while he was still on the ventilator,” Mollie recalled. “They were amazing. They transferred him late on a Tuesday evening, and by Thursday they were able to take him off the ventilator and he was out of his coma.”

“The hospital was just phenomenal, so welcoming and very professional. They have such a cohesive team, from the doctors to the medical students and residents, they took the time to explain to us and go over the plan every day,” Mollie said.

Construction on the freestanding children’s hospital in Baton Rouge will be complete in 2019, but Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is already providing specialty care to more children from all over Louisiana thanks to our growing team of physician specialists and our expanding network of satellite clinics.

Now, Henry sees Dr. Horsman for routine checkups at the satellite clinic in Lafayette and occasionally at the clinic in Baton Rouge. Dr. Horsman has taught Henry's parents to respond more quickly to the first sign of symptoms by giving him medication that prevents his attacks from worsening.

“We love our nurses, our respiratory therapists, our doctors — the whole staff is just amazing,” Mollie said.

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