Thanks to all for your replies. I did go to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital website and looked up Dr. Cotton. I was impressed with his credentials, and that in 1998 he was named "one of the best doctors in the U.S." The hospital's ENT dept is one of the leading when it comes to otolaryngology, and surgeries of this nature. Gaithy only suffered from minor trachealmalacia, and her last several bronchs have showed no collapsing, so hopefully this is getting better and she is, as we've all heard, "growing out of it" finally! We're really making progress on getting Gaithy off of the vent, and she is tolerating everything well. Also, we've been completely off of oxygen for awhile now (she was on it for almost two years). So, I have decided that it isn't necessary to go to Dr. Cotton. However, if I had any troubles, or if I ever come into contact with an unhappy mother or set of parents who has a child with ENT issues that aren't being successfully addressed, I will mention him immediately. I know that he must be wonderful because you all have raved on and on about his personality and his level of care. I'm glad you've all found such a great medical professional to help your children.
Gaithy's Mom:28wk preemie born 8/2000 at 1 LB, IUGR, SGA, ROP, BPD, g-tube/nissen. Trached 4-2001 and LTV950 ventilator until 5-2003. Decannulated 8-3-04