Imagine your happy healthy 8 month old baby boy suddenly turns blue and goes limp – no warning, no signs and no previous issues like this. You rush your baby to the hospital and that one moment in time leads to a seven day stay at a hospital where you learn your son is having seizures. Your life has just changed.
This is the story of Brock.
Brock was born at 34 weeks and spent the first 5 days of life on a ventilator – then 7 more in NICU with jaundice. After his first seizure when he was 8 months old, more followed – every day. Over 35 medicinal combinations were tried in treating the seizures, but nothing worked to control the seizures.
As Brock grew older the seizures got worse.
Ultimately Brock was diagnosed with MR/DD, cerebral palsy, scoliosis and intractable epilepsy – by age 8 we was confined to a wheelchair. In October 2010 he contracted an illness that made most of his basic functionality non-existent. He basically became a 79 pound newborn. He was having 27 seizures a day and was confined to a bed.
The family continued to look for answers for the seizures – but none came. In November 2010, the family was told that their son would not make it until Christmas. They prepared for the worse and made arrangements for hospice care.
Then a small miracle happened. The week before Christmas, Brock began to regain strength. I was more alert, eventually began to sit up on his own and even made efforts to open his own Christmas gifts. At the end of January 2011, Brock was released from hospice care and after almost a year of physical therapy he has recovered some of his strength and abilities that were lost during his illness. Although still on a feeding tube and still having daily seizures – Brock is happy, he enjoys cartoons, loves the outdoors and loves feeding the ducks.
The family has struggled – the financial burden has been overwhelming and they do what they can but it is a never ending pile of bills.
But the family dreams of the day she can have a service dog to help them. A dog that can help Brock when he drops things, as he often does – or one that can help the family know when a seizure is about to begin. There is also the comfort factor. They believe the comfort of a dog on the hospital stays or just on bad days at home, will help Brock emotionally.
As with most families a service dog is not something that is easily affordable. Through 4 Paws 4 Ability – and various fundraisers – the family hopes enough funds can be raised to allow their son to have something he so desperately needs — and wants.
For every order placed at CharityPaws a portion of sales will go to our featured charity – which in turn will help Brock get his dog! Let’s make a little boys wish come true!