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Mother Knows Best Logan and Kristi Grant, Benton harbor

As a mother of two young boys, Kristi Grant, 33, was used to the common colds and viruses that can’t seem to be avoided, but when she noticed her youngest son, Logan, constantly tugging at his ears it was cause for concern. Logan was getting frequent ear infections with high fevers and obvious pain. After speaking with Logan’s pediatrician, Anne Dudley, DO, Kristi was advised to seek specialized care at Lakeland Ear, Nose and Throat.

The first step in diagnosing the concern was for Logan to complete an eardrum function test. After reviewing the test results, learning of noticeable delays in speech, and an evaluation of Logan’s symptoms, ear, nose, and throat surgeon, Paul Judge, MD, shared that Logan would be a good candidate for tympanostomy tubes, where a small tube is placed through the eardrum to allow the pressure to equalize. The tube placement also helps drain fluid out of the ears to prevent chronic ear infections and allows treatment of ear infections with ear drops instead of oral antibiotics.

Each year, more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children, making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia.

“I was scared to be putting my almost two-year-old in any situation that involved surgery, but Dr. Judge was so informative and down to earth that he made me feel at ease.”

Within a week, Logan was scheduled at Lakeland Hospital in Niles for myringotomy surgery, a procedure where the tube is inserted into the eardrum and excess fluid is suctioned from the ear.

“From the warm and welcoming office staff, to the nurses who prepared Logan for the surgery, they were all amazing, and did a great job of making Logan feel comfortable.”
Logan was quickly back to his normal self within 24 hours. Since surgery he has not experienced any ear infections and his hearing has improved.
“I’m so happy with the outcome. Logan’s hearing and quality of life is much better. He's back to being a happy, healthy, and playful boy.”

To learn more about Logan and Kristi's story, visit www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/grant

If you feel your child could benefit from a consultation with an ear, nose and throat specialist call 269.982.3368 in St. Joseph or 269.687.2910 in Niles or visit www.lakelandent.com.

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Katie Peden
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