Millie D.

Condition: Hypotonia, gastroparesis, and duodenitis
City, State: Bend, OR
Club: Bend High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 3/07/2022

Millie's Story:
In December 2019 Millie’s parents took their 6-week-old baby girl to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital after noticing her increasingly floppy muscle tone, difficulty with breathing, choking episodes, and overall failure to thrive.

After being hospitalized most of her first year of life, Millie now receives nearly all her medical care in Portland at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or Seattle Children’s.

She is completely reliant on her feeding tube for all nutritional needs, although she occasionally will take a few bites of food to taste.

Millie has been diagnosed with hypotonia, gastroparesis, and duodenitis. Doctors say she may have cerebral palsy.

Millie did learn to walk, but she uses orthotics on her feet to help her. While she still prefers to be carried or ride in the stroller, Millie also has an adventurous side and enjoys riding her trike with her sisters.

Millie enjoys play dough, puzzles, coloring, and playing with her dolls.

Millie loves all animals and hopes to someday get a dog. She is a great big sister to Marlowe and follows her older sisters wherever they go.

Millie loves playing with other kids and making new friends. She really enjoys going to the park. Swinging and going down the slide are things she could do over and over all day!

Millie will be adopted as a Sparrow to Bend High School. Students will have the opportunity to work hard to raise money for Millie’s ongoing treatment and travel through sponsored community service.

sponsor(s):

Central Oregon Community Sponsors
Central Oregon Community Sponsors Central Oregon Community Sponsors