Story of Healing

Grant Ordoyne

Lafourche Parish

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"Nearly three decades and eighteen overall operations later, Grant has graduated with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nicholls State University."

From the day Grant Ordoyne was born, he has been defying the odds and shattering glass ceilings. Grant was born with a very rare disorder called Frontonasal dysplasia, characterized by abnormal development of the head and face before birth. Although the number of people affected is not known, there are at least 100 cases reported in the scientific literature.  

 

“While there are many other symptoms that accompany Frontonasal dysplasia, I wouldn’t change a thing because it has shaped me into the man I am today,” said Grant. “My faith is strong and the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital are second to none so I consider that a winning combination.” The Cleft & Craniofacial Team which, at the time, was led by Dr. Michael Moses played a significant role in Grant’s journey. “They were more than just doctors. They took an interest in me and treated me like family. The Cleft & Craniofacial Team truly provided the best care on the Gulf Coast and I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for me,” said Grant.  

 

Nearly three decades and eighteen overall operations later, Grant has graduated with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nicholls State University. He is currently employed at his alma mater as the Coordinator of University Graduate Studies. Grant is also actively involved with the Knights of Columbus, Thibodaux Main Street, Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, and his church, St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church in Kraemer. 

 

Grant has also supported Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital New Orleans for the past several years through various fundraisers. Last year, Grant held a birthday fundraiser via Facebook which benefited Children’s Hospital. He plans to do the same this year, especially since his birthday will fall on Thanksgiving Day. “It’s a small way of giving back to a hospital that has given me so much, and this year, what better way to give thanks than to support a medical center that has not only helped me reach my 30th trip around the sun, but also has become a beacon of hope for so many children and their families near and far.” 

 

Learn more about Children’s Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial program here