Meet Super Warrior

Charlee Pryor, Age 3, from Dover, OH

Born at 24 weeks and 1 day, Charlee and her twin sister, Lennix, had a slim chance of survival. Charlee was the smaller twin, weighing only 1 lb., 1 oz.

Parents Alexis Host and Nick Pryor knew they were in for a long and tough journey.

After being born at their local hospital, the twins were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. They proved to be fighters, beating every obstacle that came their way.

Both girls needed a gastronomy tube (G-tube). But while her sister began to improve, Charlee’s condition worsened. She needed to have a hole placed in her trachea to allow her to breathe. Shortly after this procedure, Charlee contracted meningitis. Adding to her health woes, Charlee had a brain abscess that needed to be drained surgically.

But Charlee was strong enough to conquer those obstacles. After 226 days in the hospital, Charlee was finally able to join her parents and sister at home.

Between the two of them, the twins have undergone more than 30 critical surgeries. Now Charlee and her sister are happy and healthy toddlers. She receives care at Akron Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat Center. She also has regular appointments at the hospital’s pulmonology, ophthalmology and physical therapy departments.

“Charlee and Lennix are heroes because they continue to overcome the impossible,” said Alexis. “They have beaten too many odds to count.”

Alexis and Nick are happy dealing with teething and the terrible 3s rather than critical health issues.

“Even through the hardest times, when we felt like we couldn’t endure anything else, they did,” said Alexis. “They kept pushing and never allowed all the things that were ‘supposed to happen,’ happen. If they could make it through the impossible, so could we!”

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