Meet Jax Meredith

“The greatest challenge and the greatest blessing in my life.”

That’s how Megan Meredith of Bella Vista describes her son, Jax, who is a patient at Arkansas Children’s.

An early ultrasound revealed that Jax had a cleft lip and palate. Megan’s physician immediately referred her to the Cleft and Craniofacial department at Arkansas Children’s.

“With the Cleft Team, Jax sees his surgeon, an audiologist, a speech therapist, a plastic surgeon and an orthodontist every six to nine months to check up on everything,” Megan says.“We also saw a nutritionist when Jax was a newborn, because eating was very difficult.”

The supportive, family-centered approach to care eased the difficult experience in those early days – and over the last six years. “Over the years, it has felt as though they held hands and linked arms with us, supporting us, educating us, caring for us and giving us a level of expert care that is unrivaled,” Megan says. “Because the Cleft Team sees Jax so often, they feel more like extended family than clinical doctors.

“We’re not just patients to them,” continues Megan. “We have felt safe the entire time, we know we can trust Arkansas Children’s with Jax’s smile and care.”

The Merediths also know they can count on donors like you to allow Jax – and children like him – to have access to world class care and treatment.

With his love of learning and tender-yet-lionhearted nature, Jax is well suited to meeting challenges. His current interests include karate, hiking, running, exploring, riding bikes, building with Legos and playing with friends. When he grows up, Jax envisions a career in the army, exploring space as an astronaut, and “driving race cars on the side,” says Megan.

Thanks to you, Megan and Jax will soon have expert pediatric care close to home at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Although she would drive any distance to have this quality care for Jax, Megan knows that the proximity will make their lives easier. “We travel to Little Rock a lot, but the chance to have our needs met right here at home is such a blessing.”

“I am especially excited for other families! I think about all the lives that will be saved because of this new hospital. Early diagnosis or early intervention - it makes a difference. It's going to change lives, enrich lives and save lives. We already feel a part of the Arkansas Children’s family, and so it feels like family just moved in a little closer. And that's a good feeling.”

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