Primary Children’s Hospital Radiothon: Ozie’s Story

Listen to Ozie Schow’s story below.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Battling leukemia is never easy, especially if you’re only 6-years-old like Ozie Schow.

Unusual bruising on Ozie’s arm tipped his parents off that something was wrong, a trip to the hospital would later reveal he was suffering from T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and would spend 100 days in the hospital.

“You know, it’s interesting, the first five days after diagnosis he was actually in the PICU at Primary Children’s and I felt very comfortable,” Heidi Schow told KID NewsRadio. “You know, they are so professional there and they’re nurses and staff and doctors, I mean, they know what they’re doing. So, for me the experience was actually pretty calm and I felt pretty good because I knew that they were taking care of it.”

While in the hospital, Primary Children’s had plenty of things to keep Ozie’s mind occupied too while he underwent tests and treatment. Game rooms, play rooms, music therapy and even the company of a furry friend.

“There’s a thing called pet therapy, which they just bring a dog into the room and you can, like, feed him and pet him,” Ozie Schow told KID NewsRadio. “They have, like, a game room which there’s like all kinds of games.”

Now, Ozie’s in remission, thanks to Primary Children’s Hospital, and only visits about once a month and Heidi said the care and concern Primary Children’s staff show towards Ozie and his family, hasn’t changed.

“Their care there is incredible,” Heidi said. “They’re so good with the kids and top-notch. They know what they’re doing.”

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