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Molly's Kids: Baby Eli's mom says she followed her gut, and saved his life


Eli Dover is an almost-14-month-old in Clover, South Carolina. I'm in love with this picture.

His mom, Jill, sent it with a kind note and one request:

“I want parents to know it’s okay to be your child’s advocate,” she said. “I followed my gut and fought for my son, and think I saved his life.”

Eli was born with multiple Congenital Heart Defects. The list includes ASD, VSD, Cleft Mitral Valve and Coarctation of the aorta. The latter was repaired at two weeks old.

“We were prepared to have additional surgeries later in his life,” Jill said. “But we weren’t prepared for what happened three weeks ago. Eli was completely fine one night, then spiked a temperature of almost 104."

Jill said they took him to the hospital and were told he had a virus.

"But the next night he started screaming and crying, shaking all over, and spiked another high fever," she said. "We went to the ER this time where the emergency doctor again told us he had a viral infection. But I spoke with a surgeon and pushed and pushed and pushed. I was THAT mom. But I got the surgeon to believe me when I said I knew ‘a virus’ wasn’t what was going on.”

Jill said she just knew. She knew something was wrong. The surgeon admitted them directly.

They later found Eli’s blood work to be abnormal.

Turns out, Eli was in septic shock. He was sent to PICU where the diagnosis came back as bacterial meningitis.

“Since then, he has had to have surgery to remove infection from the space between the brain and the dura,” Jill says. “I was told by TWO different nurses if I had listened to that first doctor and taken him home, my sweet boy likely wouldn’t be here today.”

It is a long journey ahead for Eli. But he’s here. And he obviously has a mom who’s a fighter, willing to stand up for her son who can’t speak for himself.

“My son is my hero,” Jill said. “I’m thankful I followed my gut and refused to be intimidated. Doctors are here to help us and believe me I appreciate them, but sometimes a mother just knows best.”

**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**

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