"He may never regain his ability to move.... Life cannot go on without him. I am amazed and appalled that the world is still turning. I just want a giant pause button until the light of my life can hug me back." ~Liam's mother
On Nov. 11th, 2017, the McClellands lives took a quick turn! Liam (heathly, happy teenage boy) woke up feeling fine. "He hit his head on our soft couch playing around and within an hour had thrown up three times and couldn't walk or communicate with us. In the ambulance ride he went unconscious and then was life flighted to pediatric ICU." They had no idea what was wrong "...can't move his legs or lift his arms or squeeze a hand. He has a breathing tube so can't talk to us."
4 Days later (15th) "...they are strongly leaning towards AFM or acute flaccid myelitis. It is a giant suck hole of a virus that is rare and recent and they don't have any way to cure it. He has to fight it and there are things they think may help, but they are not proven and we have been told to expect this could take a year and he may never regain his ability to move.... Life cannot go on without him. I am amazed and appalled that the world is still turning. I just want a giant pause button until the light of my life can hug me back." Liam's mother
17th - So today we had to decide to schedule Liam for a tracheostomy and a feeding tube in his abdomen. We were given the news that he won't regain his ability to move and may never breathe on his own. We are devastated and it hurts to breathe. Whether you believe or not...we do and we believe in miracles... We are hanging on by a thread, but are not giving up hope. Hug your loved ones. It really can change in an instant...
21st-The trach is in his throat and the feeding tube is in his stomach....he was able to talk to us a little. His sense of humor is still there. He is scared and depressed. The latest MRI showed it has gotten worse. They are now saying they think it is Transverse Myelitis, but they still aren't sure. They started him on steroids, but still don't know if he will be able to breathe or eat or move below the neck ever. Thank you for your prayers...please continue to pray for a miracle...
26th- he is pretty much the same, but today he can move his right thumb a little bit!!!!
28th- the latest MRI showed improvement in the inflammation.....they still have no idea what caused it and are using an umbrella term which describes what happened, but not why. They call it inflammatory demyelinating. Everything they tested him for as a cause came back negative. There is nothing more they can do so they have him in inpatient rehab where they are working on trying to regain breathing, eating and movement in his body. He can wiggle all his fingers on his right hand....which means he can squeeze our hand and that is amazing! He can talk when they lower the cuff on his trach and he thinks he sounds like the Terminator. No one knows how long the road ahead will be ...We have heard everything from a month to five years. Miracles are still happening and we ask for them on Liam's behalf.
Dec 1- Liam update: everyday he moves a little bit more.. He can move his right arm, shoulder, hand, leg and his big toe...his left thumb and leg have moved once, but not repeated the movement yet. He has eaten yogurt and pudding and they will test him for more next Tuesday. Your prayers are working and we are so grateful!! Thank you all so much!!
Dec. 4- Liam update: he is a rock star! After a horrible sleep free weekend for him where he was hallucinating, Sunday night brought 10 hours of sleep for him and thankfully for Mom and Dad too.....then today he started wiggling his left thumb and a few fingers and his left knee. He informed the nurse and doctors he is no longer paralyzed and that they were wrong about him. He still has a road to travel, but we all feel your prayers and are so grateful for them. Small miracles will become the big miracle! His warrior courage is amazing. Will post a pic later of the miracle Christmas tree he got to see on his ride around the hospital today.
From Erin this AM Dec. 15th- “IN ORDER TO COME HOME we need thousands of dollars in improvements to our home, a wheelchair, [the right kind of] car, etc. We are trying to get assistance, but that can take months to years. We are struggling watching Liam suffer so much. Everyday is a roller coaster and not the fun kind. ❤️
OUR GOAL IS TO HELP LIAM COME HOME... PLEASE HELP US REACH THAT GOAL. Thank you!
DonationsSee top donations
- Amatullah K
- Brandon Carter
- Steve Winters
- Casey Winters
Organizer and beneficiary
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more