Condition: Severe Hydrocephalus
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: North Medford High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1526
Date Adopted: 9/19/2012
Brian's Story:Watching 2-year-old Brian actively run and play, laughing and smiling the whole time, one might never guess what this little boy has been through and what he continues to endure.
Brian suffered an intraventricular hemorrhage (severe brain bleed) when he was born three months premature, weighing in at only two pounds. Brian spent the first three months of his life in a hospital incubator and doctors said that he would most likely die, or at the very most, remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.
Brian was experiencing severe hydrocephalus (abnormal amounts of fluid in the brain), which was increasing the pressure in his brain to dangerously high levels. Brian’s brain was unable to properly process this fluid because the ventricles in his brain were clogged due to the previous severe brain bleed.
Therefore, doctors performed surgery to install a shunt in Brian’s brain, which serves to drain the excess fluid that continues to build up. Unfortunately, this shunt gets clogged often. When this happens, Brian gets very sick and has to be taken immediately to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Since birth, Brian has had surgery 16 times in order to remove and replace the shunt in his head. He has since had plastic surgery to repair the wound from these surgeries, but doctors say that Brian will most likely need this shunt for life, so more surgeries are likely in his future.In the meantime, Brian has become used to the frequent trips to Portland and recognizes the hospital there almost as a second home. Brian is a very active, happy, and affectionate little boy, who loves the outdoors and loves other people, especially babies.
Brian will be adopted as a Sparrow to North Medford High School. Students will work hard to raise money for Brian through community service and fundraising projects. Funds raised for Brian will help cover frequent travel expenses and will greatly help with general living expenses during this time of need.