Condition: Congenital Glaucoma
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: South Medford High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 11/15/2013
Isaiah, only seven years old, has undergone more eye surgeries than most will ever have to endure in their life. Young Isaiah has had 24 eye surgeries to date, because he was born with a rare eye disease called congenital glaucoma. Isaiah has no chamber in the back of the eye to relieve fluid, so pressure builds up and damages the fibers that make up the optic nerves. This pressure causes him eye pain, burning sensations, and headaches. Isaiah misses a lot of school because of the pain and kids his age can have difficulty understanding his unique condition. Isaiah’s eyes are very sensitive to the light and he’s slowly losing his vision.
Isaiah’s surgeries aren’t over yet and he’ll need another one soon. Because of his condition he and his family must travel to Portland on a regular basis (about every two weeks) for extensive eye exams. At this point, doctors are not sure how many surgeries are in his future but they are determined to keep doing everything possible to help save Isaiah’s vision.
Despite all Isaiah has gone through he’s a fun-loving, active boy who loves sports. Isaiah even took second place in his first wrestling match! He also enjoys riding his bike when it’s not too bright outside, reading, Xbox and playing with his cat Benjer.
Isaiah will be adopted as a Sparrow to South Medford High School. Students will work hard to raise money for Isaiah through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.
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