Condition: Skull Fracture, Brain Injury
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: South Medford High School Griffin Creek Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1172
Date Adopted: 9/19/2012
Adryan's Story:On July 28th, 2011, then 3-year-old Adryan was involved in an accident while playing at a friend’s house. After jumping off of a couch, Adryan landed wrong, hitting his head on the floor. He cried a little bit but within a few moments, he was back to running around and having fun with his friends. Later during naptime, Adryan’s mother found him lying unconscious in his bed, and realized that something was terribly wrong.
Adryan was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had a skull fracture, along with an epidural hematoma (a traumatic brain injury in which a build up of blood occurs between the brain and skull). Doctors performed emergency surgery in order to relieve pressure from brain swelling.
After this surgery, Adryan was flown to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland for continued care. During this flight, Adryan suffered a stroke. Once he arrived in Portland, doctors put Adryan on a ventilator and performed a bone flap surgery, in which a part of his skull was removed for two and a half weeks. Adryan’s eyes didn’t open for a month and a half and Adryan’s parents were told that he would need to be on a ventilator for the rest of his life, if he even survived.
Now, at 4 years old, this once active little boy who loves the outdoors, riding quads, and all things sports related, has lost all motor skills and spends much of his time in a special wheelchair.
However…Adryan is a FIGHTER! Since the accident, Adryan has endured six surgeries and 7 procedures. He receives regular physical therapy and is still able to express himself through different tones and subtle actions. Although the road ahead is long and challenging, Adryan’s parents are hopeful that he will one day recover from his injury.
Adryan will be adopted as a Sparrow to South Medford High School. Students will work hard to raise money for Adryan through community service and fundraising projects. Funds raised for Adryan will help cover medical needs, frequent travel expenses, and will also help with general living expenses, which are accumulating during this difficult time.