Meet Kid Captain Lincoln Veach
Searching for hope
During multiple surgeries to remove the infection, the surgeons at one point considered amputating Lincoln’s right leg, but his parents saw a sign of hope.
“When he was in the ICU, we saw his foot moving and it just didn’t make sense,” Courtney says.
Though they understood the risks involved, his parents decided against the amputation, and surgeons eventually were able to take skin from his left leg to repair the wound on his right leg.
Lincoln was hospitalized from October 2020 to February 2021; during that time, the couple’s fourth child was born in December. After surgery, he resumed cancer treatment and was finally discharged after 112 days.
‘Miracles do happen’
As Lincoln continues to grow, doctors will monitor his growth plates because he had so much work done to his right leg. The plastic surgery team informed Lincoln’s parents that he will need a future surgery to release the tight scar tissue in his leg.
“Throughout Lincoln’s lengthy hospital stay, I really appreciated that they always made sure we were involved, and they always listened to what we were saying,” Courtney says.
Joe recalls that one hospital housekeeper brought Lincoln some of his favorite food when he was having a bad day.
“During some of the scariest moments of our life, UI Stead Family Children's Hospital was there for us the entire time, offering support not only to our child but to our entire family,” Courtney says. “They did everything to take away any additional stress.”
His parents say Lincoln is evidence that “miracles do happen.”
“He is proof that you can overcome anything, and he has maintained his sweet smile through it all,” Courtney says. “While the journey is not over yet, we are blessed to have him home.”