Condition: Left Hemisphere Stroke
City, State: Sisters, OR
Club: Sisters High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/19/2013
The morning of Mason’s delivery, the doctor discovered that he could not endure the procedure of a natural birth. They learned that Mason had been breathing in meconium for at least 12 hours and his mom was rushed in for an emergency C-section.
After his birth, Mason was sent directly to the NICU where he was put on a feeding tube and oxygen. At two days old, his vitals had stabilized but he was not rooting around for food like he should have been. Doctors performed an MRI. The test showed a significant stroke from a clot of the carotid artery on the left side of his neck. This took up 80% of his left hemisphere where the blood had pooled and completely destroyed it.
He was air lifted to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. His mother was told that Mason did not need brain surgery but that he may not make it through the night. Four days later, Mason was still alive - however, doctors painted a very grim picture. They said that Mason would not be able to talk, walk, crawl, or move the right side of his body. Later that day, he began having seizures every 5-15 minutes. Doctors put him on medicine to help to control them. At 6 days old, Mason was able to come home.
Mason’s mother immediately began to do all she could for her son. At 4 months old, Mason began cranial sacral therapy to help heal his brain. He also began physical therapy and occupational therapy. At the beginning of June, he began Reiki therapy and most recently began vision therapy as well.
Mason is now 6 months old. He has normal speech and intelligence for his age. He is delayed in his gross motor skills of sitting up, rolling over, and reaching for toys on his tummy. He has not found a purpose for his right arm or hand yet, but he knows they are there. He uses his left hand to reach and grab. He was labeled with Cerebral Palsy and will begin constraint therapy around 18 months old. He also was accepted as part of a feeding clinic at Shriners Hospital in Portland to help with his sensory issues that make it difficult for him to learn to swallow solid foods.
Sparrow funds raised for Mason will help continue the ongoing therapy he needs to overcome his developmental challenges and give him the opportunity to grow as normal and healthy as he can be.