Damien's Journey

On Friday July 19th at 7 am one of my employee's Kaydi Barkley called me to let me know that she was worried about her 12 year sold son Damien as he had marks all over his legs, arms and hands as if there was blood at skin level. She had a video call to a Dr. who told her to schedule an appointment with his pediatrician to get some blood work. I told her that was a bad idea and to go right to the emergency room. She ended up going to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix and they started running tests on him to see what his blood work looked like. In the mean time I was sending pictures to my sister in law who is a nurse and she said it looked like ITP  "Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), previously called immune thrombocytopenic purpura or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body attacks its own platelets and destroys them too quickly"

His platelets were at a 1 which is causing the hemorrhages under his skin. The test came back that it was ITP and they admitted him to treat and watch him on Friday the 19th.

Saturday morning he seemed to be doing well and were rechecking his levels again to make sure where his levels were at. Saturday afternoon they released him to go home and rest and connect with a hematologist this coming Monday. 

He went about his days and started 7th grade on Tuesday and knew he had to be careful to not play any sports or rough house as a 12 year old boy would do. On Wed. am he woke up with blood in his mouth and bruising type spots on his tongue he went to school and went about his day as they said this would be something that could happen. 
Thursday morning he was at the bus stop and called his mom and said he had a migraine and wanted to go back home to lay down which he did. Around 3 pm he began throwing up and Kaydi left the office to get him back to the hospital. At 4 pm she called 911 as he was now having a seizure / hemorrhage which lead to a stroke. He was rushed to Cardon's Children Hospital in Mesa where they confirmed he was bleeding internally and need to have a portion of his skull remove to reduce the swelling of his brain immediately. They went in and did the surgery and the neurosurgeon was not sure he would survive the surgery.
As we all were praying for Damien and Kaydi and her two other children Parker and Sierra that he would pull through after two brain tests last night and this morning they showed there was no brain activity. This is has been devastating news for her and her children as a single mom raising her 2 boys and daughter have been her life. She now has a huge medical bills from two different hospitals and a funeral to plan for her 12 year old son.  

Kaydi herself is a colon cancer survivor at a young age and lives life to be there for her children. She and Damien had talked about being an organ donor and today we were at the hospital to complete the paperwork to donate his organs to another child in need. This brings her comfort in knowing Damien will save a life of someone else.

He was a very caring young boy who cared more for others than himself~ At the age of 9 he bought  a homeless family dinner and water and spent his money he had saved for a favorite video game he wanted.  He was a funny young boy who always had a smile. He wanted to travel the world when he grew up. He was teaching himself to speak German because he wanted to go to Germany and design renewable energy sources when he grew up. He wanted to be a herpetologist to take care of and specialize in the study of reptiles and amphibians. 

You can only imagine the financial burden this is going to leave for her as a single mom of 3 kids.

If you have it in your heart to donate please know that this will help her with expenses and take some of the burden off of her. 

We love you Damien, Kaydi, Parker and Sierra 

~Your Magnus Title family~ <3 40931462_1564277810987116_r.jpeg40931462_1564277826458120_r.jpeg

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Organizer and beneficiary

Denise Campbell-Sweeney 
Organizer
Chandler, AZ
Kaydi Barkley 
Beneficiary
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