Click here to watch Dru with Drew Carney for Doernbecher's 2012 Miracle Treat Day on KGW News Channel 8.

Click the play button above to watch Kids Making Miracles at Doernbecher - 2012-2013 - Dru's Story.

Click here and head to page 8 for Dru's article in Metro Parent Magazine.
Click here for Dru's article in the Oregonian.

I was born on February 21, 1995 at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. 5 months before when my mom was four months pregnant she had to have an ultrasound. It was during this test that the doctors found that I had some life threatening problems. They told my parents that my Liver, Intestines and Spleen were outside of my body. This condition, called an Omphalocele is a birth defect where the abdominal organs protrude through the abdomen.They were also told I had an AV Canal Heart Defect and had 2 holes in my heart and that if I survived I would need surgery to put my organs back inside and then a few months later I would need open heart surgery.


 I spent the first 3 months of my life in the NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit). I had my first surgery when I was about 2 hours old. Nine days later I had my second surgery and my parents say I almost died that day.  Over the years I have had a few more surgeries and continue to be a patient at Doernbecher. If it wasn't for the care that I received at Doernbecher, I wouldn't be here today.  Thank you to all of the great doctors and nurses at Doernbecher who saved my life and I will be grateful for the rest of my life. I have been involved with Kids Making Miracles for Doernbecher and now Dru's Chapter as a way to give back.

Dru Mitchell