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Norfolk boy comes home after 2 1/2 years in hospitals


After bouncing from hospital to hospital for most of his young life, one Siouxland boy is spending his first holiday at home with his family.

It has been the homecoming Bob and Katlinn Sullivan have waited for. The two have lived apart for much of the last two and a half years, trying to help their son Keagan fight a rare and serious lung condition.

He is diagnosed with BPD, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and its something kids aren't born with,” said Katlinn.

Keagan Sullivan came into the world, 11 weeks before his initial due date. He developed an infection four days later, helping doctors diagnose the BPD, which made it nearly impossible for Keagan to breathe on his own.

"Right away you know there was going to be some limitations. Would he reach, I don't want to say full potential cause whose to say what full is, but there obviously be some differences there and he might not be able to do all the things that I did when I was growing up,” explained Bob.

So far, Keagan has spent all of his time between Children's Hospitals in Omaha and Houston, Texas, hooked up to ventilators to help him breathe. For the Sullivans, that means Katlinn spent her time at the hospital with Keagan, while Bob was at home in Norfolk with the couple's six year old daughter McKenna, making weekend trips to see his wife and young son. During that time The two couldn't help but feeling like a single parents.

“Just the amount of activities we got going on between McKenna and trying to keep her schedule straight and working two jobs, its hectic. Bless those parents out there that can do it,” Bob added.

Keagan came home for the first time on Thursday and is getting set to spend his first holiday with his full family outside the hospital. While he still has his ventilator to help him breath, his parents are hopeful he will one day breathe on his own.

"Unfortunately lungs aren't something that just grow overnight. We just have to be patient and continue to give him proper nutrition. With lung growth, as you grow in length, you are seeing that your lungs are growing. Good nutrition helps with that lung development,” explained Katlinn.

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