On July 3, 2017, we came to the UC Davis emergency room with a cranky three week old baby boy, Tikhon, who was vomiting (with pinkish emesis at one point). As his mom, I felt that something was “off” with our son.
Mark and Melanie Payne’s story started like a storybook romance. They were college sweethearts. Mark was the captain of the UC Davis basketball team. Melanie was the captain of the UC Davis volleyball team.
“We truly felt like we were living our worst nightmare. However, the (UC Davis Children’s Hospital) team of nurses, doctors, care coordinators and Child Life team...instantly made us feel right at home.”