Condition: Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy
City, State: Portland, OR
Club: Rock Creek Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 565
Date Adopted: 11.17.2017
Oscar's Story:When Oscar was born he experienced a brain injury called Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, a lack of of oxygen and blood flow to the brain and was immediately placed on a breathing tube and a cooling blanket to try and minimize the damage to his brain. He spent the first month of his life in the hospital during which time it was unsure if he would even survive. When doctors decided to remove the breathing tube they didn’t expect him to make it. Oscar was also suffering from multiple seizures that could only be detected through EEG’s. At the age of one, doctors tried stem cell therapy to try and reverse some of the damage.
Oscar has been diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing and Epilepsy, all resulting from the brain injury he experienced at birth. CP affects the way his body is able to move and function. He uses a wheelchair to get around and needs assistance with all aspects of daily living.
Oscar also has Cortical Visual Impairment due to the damage to the part of his brain that interprets vision. His eyes are healthy but his brain has a hard time understanding what his eyes see. From day one of his life, Oscar has had to work really hard to do things that most people do with ease.
All of these conditions require trying several therapies that help him improve his skills and learn how to navigate the world with his abilities. Oscar’s favorite therapy, ABM, is a science-based, breakthrough approach that focuses on the child's brain and its remarkable abilities to change and learn. Unfortunately this type of therapy is considered alternative and not covered by insurance.
Oscar is a great listener and understands those around him but needs help to communicate. He uses facial expression and gestures to communicate as well as augmentative devices.
Despite an incredibly rocky start to life, at almost five years old, Oscar continues to persevere and show great fortitude as he faces new challenges every day. He loves going to preschool, music, movies, playing with things that light up and Switch adapted toys. Oscar loves being included in groups and thrives on attention and encouragement from everyone around him.
Oscar will be adopted as a Sparrow to Rock Creek Middle School. Students will work hard to raise money for Oscar through sponsored community service and fundraising.