K.K. suffers from a rare disorder in which simple things like getting too hot can trigger severe reactions like a drop in blood pressure or breathing problems. In a short time she can go from every day activities to a life threatening situation.
Because J.J. has been trained to sense these changes, doctors decided to let him go into the operating room to assist them during the procedure since the child had to be put under general anesthesia.
It struck us that J.J. is really just an additional monitor that provides information about what's going on with K.K.," said Dr. Brad Taicher of Duke University Medical Center.
The latest procedure which was intended to help prevent recurrent infections in K.K. went as planned, thanks in part to J.J. who helps the child live a more normal life. The story