Cecelia & Patrick’s Story

It is not uncommon for us to see families with multiple children taking part in OIT. Is it work for our families? Of course! The alternative though, is avoidance which comes with a high burden of constant worry.

Kristen originally brought her daughter Cecelia in for OIT. During her appointment she gave Patrick a cashew and he had an allergic reaction. After further testing, she enrolled him in OIT too! Both of these super cute kiddos are doing great, and we are so thankful Kristen chose Chacko Allergy to treat her children’s food allergies.

At the age of 2, Ayaan tried his first piece of butter chicken and he became sick. Again at age 4 and 1/2 he was at a friends’ house and tried this same dish again. He was to the point of throwing up fresh blood when his parents took him to the pediatrician. He referred them to an allergist. The allergist said Ayaan was allergic to tree nuts so they began avoiding them. Shweta, Ayaan’s mom was doing her own research on Facebook and saw a story on one of Dr. Chacko’s patients. She made an appointment the following week. Today Ayaan completed his 1st day of OIT treatment!!! We are so excited to follow Ayaan on his journey. He is a self proclaimed foodie and we can’t wait to let him unleash his love for food upon completion of OIT!

Yvonne knew something was terribly wrong when her daughter Mable, 15 months old at the time, ate some peanut butter and her face began to swell. She became agitated and threw up. Yvonne immediately took her to the pediatrician where Mable was treated for an allergic reaction. The allergist at CHOA performed a skin test and the family avoided peanuts entirely until they met Dr. Chacko. Mable began OIT in January and we are happy to say she is doing G-R-E-A-T!

There is no holding back our smiles when we see these two coming!

Dear Dr. Chacko,

We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for our family, especially Sullivan. From the moment we met you last July we knew we wanted to pursue OIT with you. I will never forget how optimistic and reassuring you were when discussing treatment. It had always been unimaginable to me that my son, who’s peanut score was greater than 100, would be eating 5 grams of peanuts within the year. I will always remember when you said, “It will not only be life changing for Sullivan, but for you too.” For years I have prayed for a treatment/cure and worried as he approached kindergarten about him being isolated or bullied or accidentally ingesting peanuts or tree nuts, but because of you and OIT his life has changed. OIT truly is life changing and miraculous. We are forever grateful for you and that Sullivan can live without fear of accidental ingestion. You are such a kind, patient and amazing doctor who will always have a special place in our hearts!


Elizabeth & Sullivan Foley

Today is a BIG day for this handsome little guy. His 1st day of OIT!!! Kingston’s parents found out he was allergic to wheat at 6 months old. Mom gave him a bite of a biscuit and he reacted immediately. They rushed to the hospital where the physician treated him. A physician at CHOA referred this awesome family to Dr. Chacko and we are so glad they are here! Nurse Amanda pictured teaching the family how to weigh out dosing and what to look for in wheat products to dose with. And of course, our super brave patient excited about his OIT adventure.

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