Kid Coach is a partnership between Children’s of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels to salute pediatric patients. Their inspirational stories remind us of just how truly courageous these young people are.

This week’s Children’s of Mississippi Kid Coach is Wyatt Kitchell of Jackson.

When Wyatt’s mom, Melissa, went into labor at only 25 weeks of pregnancy, she came to Wiser Hospital for expert care. Three days later Wyatt arrived, weighing only two pounds, five ounces.

As a micro-preemie, Wyatt was at risk for numerous complications. But despite his extremely early birth, he never needed surgery, major medications, or even support from a ventilator. He stayed in the NICU at Children’s of Mississippi for 100 days where his mom says he received care that was nothing short of extraordinary.

On September 1, 2016, Wyatt went home with his family at last. “In our eyes, that day might be more special than his birthday or our anniversary,” Melissa said. “It was a day that, without the amazing care at Batson Children’s Hospital, might not have been possible.”

Melissa says Wyatt is their miracle boy, with a bright outlook for his health. “We truly believe a large part of his success was the amazing care we received at UMMC,” she says. “The rest was prayer and Wyatt’s fighting spirit.”

Now a happy three-year-old, Wyatt’s favorite things are singing, dancing, riding his bike, and playing with his trainset. He loves cars and superheroes. And, of course, his Ole Miss Rebels!!

Have fun at Saturday’s game, Wyatt. Your friends at Children’s of Mississippi are cheering for you!

The right team for kids

With Mississippi’s only children’s hospital and pediatric clinics across the state, Children’s of Mississippi doctors work together to care for kids at every step, in every location. Supported by the full resources of UMMC, our specialists coordinate optimal care for children like Wyatt.