Condition: Type 2 Usher's Syndrome
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: Hoover Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 12/08/2016
Noah Sherman is an adorable seven-year-old with a great big-sweet smile that will light up the room. Everything about this endearing child makes him so special and easy to love.
At the precious young age of twenty-two months, little Noah was placed, as a foster child, in the care of who is now his adopted mother. When he first arrived he was unable to eat, sit up, or play. Doctors did many tests and learned that Noah was profoundly Deaf and developmentally delayed. During the summer of 2016, further testing led to the diagnosis of Type 2 Usher’s Syndrome.
The major symptoms of Usher’s Syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder causing night-blindness and a loss of peripheral vision. Noah is experiencing difficulty seeing in bright lights and shadow areas. This will continue to get worse for him.
When Noah was 5-years-old he had surgery to implant a cochlear hearing system. The hybrid hearing implants have aided in his communication with others, but are certainly not the cure all. Noah does much of his communicating through sign language.
Sadly, there is currently no cure for Usher’s Syndrome. Noah’s future will consist of several levels of therapy and training including; orientation and mobility, Braille instruction, low-vision services, and continued services for his cochlear implants.
Noah is a sweet natured little boy who loves his mom and older brother, riding his bike, playing with Legos, fishing, and he can do “a mean handstand.” He has a caring nature and is a very happy child. Noah is a beautiful part of our community and we get the great opportunity to raise up this child in our “village.”
Noah will be adopted as a Sparrow to Hoover Elementary School. Students at Hoover will work hard to raise money for Noah through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.