Grayson’s journey to walk
On February 9th, 2016, Grayson Edward was born to Parents Michael and Deanna Freeman, four weeks premature. Life for him since has not been easy. He has spent many nights in the hospital, has undergone an extensive amount of testing and procedures, and has had to overcome many obstacles and hurdles in his short 17 months. Grayson is a sweet, loving and Patient baby. To Mike and Deanna, Grayson is their “Super Hero”
At 9 months old Grayson was diagnosed with a very rare foot deformity called Congenital Vertical Talus. Left untreated, this can lead to a serious disability and discomfort later in life. Grayson started treatment for this soon after being diagnosed. He went through 6 horribly long weeks of casting, with cast changes weekly. He then had surgery to do a talonavicular pinning and soft tissue release. He was then re casted for another 6 weeks until the pins were removed. After that he went into a 23 hour a day medical boots and bar for many more months.
Unfortunately after this long grueling process his feet failed to correct properly and he is now 17 months old, unable to walk, and needing to start this whole process over. After months of research and prayer to find a Dr. that specialized in this rare condition, they were blessed to find Dr. Dobbs, the inventor of the Dobbs bar and a world renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in children with Vertical Talus and many other foot deformities.
After some insurance issues were resolved they got the great news that Grayson would be able to see Dr. Dobbs. Prayers were answered.
The excitement quickly turned to worry and fear due to the fact this Dr. is located in St. Louis, MO. They are set to start the casting process again on August 9th. The plan is to do an accelerated casting technique which will require him to stay in St. Louis for 2-3 weeks and be able to get 4 weeks of casting done in 2 weeks. After casting we have a tentative surgery date set for September 12th which will require an overnight stay in the hospital. Multiple more trips post-surgery will be required as he will be casted for an additional 6 weeks and will need to have the pins removed. After the pin removal he will then be in the medical boots and Dobbs bar for a few more months.
With all this comes a huge price tag. The cost of travel expenses and lodging is too much to handle in such a short period of time. Deanna (Grayson’s mom) will be traveling with her 4 children Ciara 11, Jayden 6, Ava 4, and will need to stay in St. Louis for 2-3 weeks. Mike (Grayson’s dad) is working 2 jobs and will need to stay home to ensure the bills are paid.
Grayson is now 17 months and still unable to walk comfortably like other children his age. Without proper correction and care he may never walk normally. We are praying, as parents, to take up this opportunity to help the Freeman’s, to help their child get the best care and have the best chance at a normal life.
There is an immediate goal of $3000 for the first part of the casting process, starting Aug 9th. And an overall goal of $7500 to assist in funding the full process.
All funds collected are strictly going towards travel and lodging.
Please consider helping this family help their son.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
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