Shant Kevorkian

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, October 24th
He was once so small, his body nearly fit in the palm of his mother's hand. 

Our KNX Hero of the Week is now lending his hand to families who have newborns in intensive care. 

"I was born one pound, four ounces," says Shant Kevorkian. "I lost the four ounces and went straight down to one pound, and was in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) for about three months. My dad's wedding ring would fit all the way up to my shoulder." 

Shant is now a strong, healthy teenager at Crescenta Valley High School. 

"Gratefully, everything developed perfectly. Good lungs, good heart. Everything works just fine. No medical issues," says Shant. 

Outside of class, the 16 year-old spends his time volunteering at the same hospital where he was born. In fact, he helps out in the NICU. 

"Most NICUs regard themselves and their patients as family. And so, this is a unique twist on the sense of family," says Dr. John Mapp, Neonatalogist at Adventist Health in Glendale. "Shant is a delightful young man."

Dr. Mapp says concerned parents get sense of comfort after meeting Shant, and hearing about his story. 

"You can just see their faces light up, like 'maybe there is a ray of hope.'"

Many nurses in the department agree that Shant makes an impact.

"He can certainly relate to the parents, and what the parents are going through," says NICU Nurse Manager Randy Miller. "He can be an inspiration to them." 

Miller says Shant is helpful and smart, and he takes his role as a volunteer very seriously.  "All of the nurses love him. And, some of the nurses were actually here when he was here. So, a lot of them remember him as a baby."

After graduation, Shant plans to go to medical school, using his life experiences and triumphs as motivation to help others. He also wants to pay his blessings forward by working as a doctor or a medical executive. 

"I've had many conversations with parents," remarks Shant. "And after the convo, they feel better about the hands they area in."

He gives people hope. That is why high school junior, Shant Kevorkian, is our KNX Hero of the Week! 

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Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio.