On January 26 2012, he was admitted to the hospital with fever. This was a usual routine for us. Andrew was admitted on January 26 but on January 28th Andrew went into septic shock and went into cardiac arrest. Luckily the doctors were able to bring him back. Once transferred to the PICU he became even more critical. He was placed on a Osillator (a ventilator but does more than a regular one) Andrew was in complete organ failure and was not responding to any medication. I was asked to prepare for the worse. Andrew also developed compartment syndrome in his abdomen, because of this they had to open his abdomen to release the pressure of fluid build up. His intestines were placed in a silo bag on the outside of his body. Unable to get a blood pressure reading, and a pulse that was so faint that can only be felt when the surgeon pressed the intestined against his little body. I was given a 5% chance of survivial for him. All we were left to do was pray and surrender to God's will. This day i was able to witness when medicine fails you God has the last word. Hours passed and all we would do is pray. Miraculously, our prayers were answered and he began to respond. Andrew was extubated mid February. (He had an MRI done prior) At this point we learned he had Global Ischemia in the brain. I was told he would be a vegetable and never walk, talk, eat, etc. again.
Its been a year since his arrest and today with the help of therapy (physical, occupational, speech) Andrew laughs when you play with him, crys and pouts when hes upset, recognizes his family, stands with help for short periods of time with support, follows objects, watches TV, makes two part connections when you speak to him. Although he doesnt talk, he is able to make verbal sounds when you play with him. Hes made an amazing comeback in a short period of time.
I spoke with his neurologist and therapist in regards to neuro stem cell transplatation. This procedure helps restore damaged cells. This is the last hope and the maximum I can do for Andrew as his mom. This procedure in not allowed here in the United States but I have found a doctor that see him here but we go to Peru for the actual procedure. The cost for this is $33, 000.00 plus airfare. We have to stay there for just 4 days then we can return home and follow up locally. After Andrew was born I was unable to return to work. Andrew has 3 older sibilings as well. Luckily dads job is enough to pay our bills and put food on the table. We struggle with some medical bills and needs that Andrew may benefit from but try to manage. I could never save up $33000.00 on my own so I ask to please help me give my baby hope again. Theres no worse feeling than knowing theres hope that may help change your baby's life but due to the financial situation your hands are tied. This is why im reaching out to everyone who can help. With any amount. Dollar to dollar penny to penny i know we can reach this goal. Please share our page with family and friends and help me give my baby a chance for better quality of life.
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