Chase was 3 years old when he accidentally dipped his toothbrush into a lye-based drain cleaner, ingesting some of it. He was unable to swallow or breathe due to the damage on his epiglottis and esophagus. He spent three weeks in the Children’s National PICU until he was stable enough to undergo surgery. The scarring in his throat narrowed his airway and required him to get a tracheotomy. Luckily for Chase, his vocal cords and voice box were not damaged and the tracheotomy should be removed by adulthood. Chase is now thirteen years old and a happy and healthy child. Chase spent two and a half months this past summer getting a new esophagus! He is now able to eat and swallow, allowing him to enjoy all of his favorite foods. Chase was named D.C’s 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Champion. This recognition is given to children who have personally benefited from charitable donations to Children’s National.