City, State: Cave Junction, OR
Club: Illinois Valley High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/10/2015
Roxy Davis was 20 weeks pregnant when she and her husband Jason were told that their unborn baby girl had hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid doesn’t reabsorb properly in the brain, causing a harmful build-up. This extra amount of fluid greatly increases pressure inside the skull, can cause the head to be enlarged, and can lead to many other serious medical conditions as well.
Precious baby Brooke was born at 37 weeks on October 28th, 2014, and spent her first month of life in the NICU, due to problems with breathing and eating. Brooke underwent her first brain surgery to try and relieve fluid accumulation at only two months old. Since then, she has had three additional brain surgeries, for a total number of four…all before her first birthday. During her fourth surgery, doctors installed a shunt on the right side of her head in order to help with the ongoing need for fluid to drain from her brain into her spine, where it then reabsorbs into her body.
In addition to hydrocephalus, it was discovered that little Brooke was missing part of her brain called the corpus callosum (the band of white matter that connects the two hemispheres of the brain.) As a result, Brooke has experienced some delays in development. She does not yet crawl, but receives physical and occupational therapy twice a month.
Since January of 2015, Brooke has had to travel to Portland for hospital visits over 15 times, with many more trips likely to be in her future. Even with these challenges, Brooke has many good days. She likes to be outside, loves her bounce chair, and is adored by her 3-year-old big brother, Bentley
Brooke will be adopted as a Sparrow to Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction. Students at IVHS will work hard to make a difference in Brooke’s life through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.