Kid Coach

Kid Coach is a partnership between Children’s of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. This week our Children’s of Mississippi Kid Coaches are brothers Zachary and Nathan Stephens of McComb.

For Zachary and Nathan, and for their older sister Kaylynn, Batson Children’s Hospital is truly a second home. Their mother Kimberly Daniels says, “There are so many wonderful people at Batson that care for my children. They’re part of our family.”

Nineteen-year-old Kaylynn and her brother Zachary share a special bond; at two days old, both were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic, disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.

Kaylynn is a college sophomore majoring in elementary education, and when she’s not busy studying, she likes to cook, dance, and sing. Sixteen-year-old Zachary would rather spend time outside climbing magnolia trees and collecting knives.

Nathan, the youngest sibling, is fifteen and faces a different set of challenges. He suffers from cerebral palsy and is seen by a number of specialists at Children’s of Mississippi. He has had several surgeries, but he doesn’t let his condition limit him. He enjoys going to church, hunting, and playing basketball. Most of all, he loves his two-year-old Siberian husky and has taught him to count, sit, talk, and shake.

About Children’s of Mississippi

With Mississippi’s only children’s hospital plus clinics statewide, Children’s of Mississippi is here for every Mississippi kid. Children’s of Mississippi is part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. To learn more, visit mississippikids.org.