On the evening of March 5th, Dorian was rushed to the ER with a headache so painful he was screaming and crying. On the short trip to the hospital, despite his mother's pleas asking him to stay awake, Dorian lost most signs of consciousness. He was admitted to the hospital early in the morning of March 6th. At 10am that day, never having woken up since the evening before, the Morgans almost lost their son when Dorian stopped breathing. He coded in Kelli's arms in the hospital bed.
Dorian was stabilized on life support equipment, and an emergent CT discovered Dorian had a tumor near his brainstem that was so large it was blocking blood flow to his brain and was keeping spinal fluid from draining from his head. The pressure around Dorian's brain was so high his eyes were pushed forward, and Dorian's brain had been deprived of critical oxygen for hours and thus shutting down.
Emergency surgery was able to completely remove the tumor the same day. A few days later Dorian was still not waking despite being off all sedatives. An MRI discovered Dorian had suffered a stroke. It took several days before Dorian finally opened his eyes but was unable to move.
After a week in Wichita Dorian was transferred to Children's Mercy where the tumor was confirmed to be cancerous, and six weeks of radiation was completed in Kansas City.
When he wasn't in radiation, Dorian required extensive therapy during his long stay at Children's Mercy to learn how to eat, talk, and move his left side again.
His right side remains 'not awake yet' in his words, and has been previously described as being 'dead' He remains unable to walk, crawl, or even stand unassisted, and has had to learn how to perform most tasks with his left hand instead of right. Kelli and Kevin help him perform most of his daily tasks as he continues to do as much as he can to help.
Dorian still has six rounds of chemo starting this July, each requiring hospitilization.
Through all of this, Dorian remains positive, motivated, and for the most part happy. He strongly yearns to walk, run and play again. Dorian has not lost any of his higher level brain functions and remains the smart and witty boy he always has been. He continues to dream of becoming a pediatric cardiologist when he grows up.
The money raised in this campaign will go towards supporting the Morgan family in their journey to beat cancer and rehabilitate Dorian. This includes medical bills, costs of driving to Kansas City, lost wages due to Kelli no longer working and Kevin taking FMLA leave, and costs of continued care during and after chemotherapy.
With many thanks and love, the Morgan family.
- Gabe Adams
- Jill Sagehorn
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