Condition: Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy
City, State: Phoenix, OR
Club: Phoenix High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/14/2012
Antonio's Story:It is always devastating to learn that a child has severe medical conditions. It is even more devastating when those medical conditions cannot be fully identified. Such is the case with sweet and adorable Antonio Prince.
Antonio was born on May 20th, 2008, and appeared to be a healthy, typical little baby boy. However, at around 3 months of age, Antonio’s mother started noticing some delays in her son’s development. At 6 months of age, Antonio still was not rolling over and at age one, he was severely arching his back. Antonio started occupational and physical therapy which helped him get to the point of crawling, standing, and nearly walking on his own.
Then, just before Antonio turned two, he started regressing. Over a short amount of time, the standing, crawling, and scooting all stopped. Now, at 4-years-old, Antonio is barely able to roll over on his own, is fed through a G-tube, and spends much of his time in a special wheelchair. Antonio is non-verbal and rarely cries, due to a heightened pain tolerance, which can be dangerous as he is unable to express things that might be wrong.
Antonio suffers from multiple seizures per day, which he takes medications for, and he has very poor eyesight. Although he has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, doctors and geneticists are still trying to identify exactly what is causing Antonio’s condition.
Although Antonio is non-verbal, one emotion he can express is laughter. Even in spite of his conditions, both known and unknown, Antonio laughs often and is very cuddly and affectionate. Antonio has a way of warming the hearts of all who are privileged enough to meet him.
Antonio will be adopted as a Sparrow to Phoenix High School. Students will work hard to raise money for Antonio through community service and fundraising projects. Funds raised for Antonio will help cover medical and therapy equipment, frequent travel expenses, and will greatly help with general living expenses during this time of need.