Dec 20, 2013
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Connecticut Today

CNN Picks Up Story of Aspiring Oxford Chef, 10, Who Can't Eat and Needs a Transplant

CNN Picks Up Story of Aspiring Oxford Chef, 10, Who Can't Eat and Needs a Transplant

Chelsea Wheeler in the photo accompanying the story on the CNN website.

Our Connecticut Magazine story on the challenges faced by Chelsea Wheeler, 10, of Oxford caught the attention of CNN, which sent reporter Frederik Pleitgen and a crew to the Wheeler home Monday and will be airing a story on Chelsea beginning Saturday morning and running in various shows throughout a  24-hour news cycle.

CNN has a story posted online, and that story includes a video of the TV report.

“The report centers around Chelsea, but also explains the illness she has and the efforts being made help her by COTA and the town hall,” Pleitgen said in an email about CNN’s coverage.

Since October of 2012 Chelsea hasn’t been able to eat and relies on IV feedings to live.

Plagued by health problems since her birth on Feb. 4, 2003, and logging more than 30 surgeries in her 10 years, Chelsea was diagnosed with pseudo obstruction in 2011 when she was 8, which has caused irreversible intestinal failure.

As a result, she needs a life-saving small bowel transplant.

Chelsea is on the National Organ Transplant list, with the procedure to be done at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh—and with the family now waiting for the call to come.

In a Twitter exchange Thursday, Pleitgen posted a photo of Chelsea turning the tables on him Monday and taking over the interview.

See the CNN story online, along with the original Connecticut Magazine story.

 

CNN Picks Up Story of Aspiring Oxford Chef, 10, Who Can't Eat and Needs a Transplant

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