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One Saturday morning, 4-year-old Aidan was running a low-grade fever. Things quickly got worse. He passed out in his motherʼs arms, and was rushed to Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Aidanʼs father, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Kapiʻolani, took his son to the hospitalʼs Emergency Room. Dr. Alson Enaba quickly intubated Aidan to assist his breathing, and determined the boy had a severe and life-threatening case of encephalitis.

Aidan remained in a coma for two days in the Pediatric Intensive-Care Unit. When he regained consciousness, his first words were, “I want a chocolate donut.” Needless to say, he got many of them. Aidan is now fully recovered, and loves playing soccer with his brothers.

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