Condition: Signficant Stroke at birth
City, State: Sisters, OR
Club: Sisters Christian Academy Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 2/04/2015
The morning of Mason’s delivery, the doctor discovered that Mason had been breathing in waste from his own body in the womb for at least 12 hours and his mom, Karissa, 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 searching for food like he should have been. An MRI 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 then 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. 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.
In October 2013, Doernbecher found that Mason had developed a specific kind of seizure called Infantile Spasms. His mother decided to take him to Seattle Children’s for a more in depth look into his condition. There, they said that Mason needed a series of tests to determine if he was an eligible candidate for a left hemispherectomy, a rare surgical procedure where one half of the brain is removed or disabled. His neurologist ordered 10 tests, including blood work, psychological assessment, neurodevelopment, MRI and functional MRI to confirm that Mason was an eligible candidate for a left hemispherectomy. All tests came back positive and Mason was confirmed to be eligible to remove the rest of his left hemisphere.
On May 26, 2014, Mason’s neurosurgeon ordered a left hemispherectomy on June 19 and said it was mandatory. Since surgery, Mason has not shown any signs of seizures. His first Electroencephalography, the recording of electrical activity along the scalp, to declare if he is in remission from seizures will be in January.
Now, Mason attends numerous therapies weekly. He is expected to crawl, walk and talk. He uses orthotics on his feet to help him stand and put weight on his legs. Also, he uses a hand splint to keep his right hand open and relaxed due to Cerebral Palsy.
Although Mason’s life has been a tough one, he is a fighter and full of drive. He loves his horse, Sonja, and looks forward to getting his service dog named, Aspen.
Mason will be adopted as a Sparrow. Students will work hard to raise money for Mason through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.
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