Condition: Congenital Viral Infection - cytomegalovirus
City, State: Grants Pass, OR
Club: South Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/19/2018
Calvin's Story:Calvin is a little boy who has been significantly impacted from an infection in his body that occurred before he was born. Calvin was born 9-weeks early, on May 22, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. He weighed only 2 pounds and 9 ounces. He was so fragile, doctors were not optimistic about him even surviving the week.
Immediately after being born, Calvin was placed in the NICU and treated for various conditions. He was extremely jaundice, his organs were shutting down, and he was breathing only with the help of machines.
After many tests were done, doctors concluded that Calvin had a congenital viral infection called, cytomegalovirus (CMV). His infection was so severe, it caused his body severe medical trauma. Calvin spent the first 4-months of his life in the NICU, and required many procedures that included:
- G-tube surgery
- He had several brain bleeds
- Several blood transfusions
- Spinal taps
- Various medications
After spending 117 days in the NICU in Alabama, Calvin and his family moved to Oregon, where Calvin could be treated under a team of medical personnel in Portland, that specializes in CMV infection. That team successfully performed two endoscopic third ventriculostomy surgeries this past summer to relieve swelling in Calvin’s brain.
CMV infection can cause severe long-term health challenges that Calvin will battle his entire life. Vision and hearing loss (or impairment) are among those challenges, and Calvin has begun showing signs of those difficulties. He is receiving vision, physical, occupational, and speech therapies at this time.
There is a realm of uncertainty as to what level of health challenges Calvin may experience, but already, this incredible little boy has proven he is a fighter. He has stolen the hearts of his medical team, his family, his big sister, and his doting grandpa.
Calvin will be adopted as a Sparrow to South Middle School. Students at South will work hard to raise money for Calvin through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.