City, State: Bend, OR
Club: Seven Peaks School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 400
Date Adopted: 11/04/2016
Hudson was born May 5, 2016 and has been a little fighter since day one. His mom Melanie’s pregnancy was completely normal and there were no indications that he would be so small at birth. At her 37 week check-up they did an ultra sound and discovered that Hudson was measuring at 31 weeks and she was actually two days from 38 weeks. Doctors said he wasn’t getting the nutrition he needed, so they scheduled an emergency C-section.
He was born weighing 3 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17 inches long. He was tiny, but had a lot of hair… and everything about him seemed perfect. They had him hooked up to a lot of machines, but the biggest concern was his lungs. They didn’t seem to be operating the way they should. They kept him on oxygen because he was not able to breathe on his own and he stayed in the NICU for 28 days.
Hudson was diagnosed with Lisscencephaly when he was 4 days old, which literally means “smooth brain”. With this condition most children fail to develop mentally beyond a three to six-month old function and his condition is so rare that no one knows his life expectancy.
Because Hudson has difficulty swallowing, another symptom of his disease, he is fed through a g-tube in his stomach. He also has seizures that stop his breathing, so they have oxygen at home that they can put him on. They are currently working with a large list of specialists and have appointments weekly.
Hudson is a happy and content baby, who smiles a lot and makes the sweetest cooing sounds. He has no idea that he is struggling day to day. His mom says, “As long as he’s fighting… the family will fight.” Hudson’s parents take one day at a time and appreciate the love and support of their family and friends that keep them going.
Sparrow Cash raised for Hudson will help with ongoing medical expenses, travel, and everyday living expenses. Students at Seven Peaks School will “earn” Sparrow Cash by completing a minimum of 256 hours of sponsored community service.