Baby Dominic's Story

On July 21st, at just 9 weeks old, an ultrasound showed a large mass in Dominic's brain that was blocking the right ventricle. An MRI confirmed the large mass was a tumor and Dominic was scheduled for surgery two days later. On July 23rd, he underwent a seven hour tumor resection, where his amazing neurosurgeon was able to remove the entire tumor.  After surgery, Dominic suffered from sub-clinical seizures that the team was able to control with meds. On July 31st, we received the devastating news that the tumor, was a very rare cancerous tumor, called a Choroid Plexus Carcinoma. Even though the tumor was completely removed, and all post op scans show no evidence of any residual tumor, the oncology doctors still recommend 4-6 rounds of chemotherapy. Dominic will be admitted to the hospital for 5-6 days for each round of treatment. On August 15th, he underwent a second surgery to place a shunt, to address his post surgical hydrocephalus, and a port for treatment. On Tuesday, September 9, he was admitted to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for his first round of chemotherapy. Kelly and Andy stayed with him around the clock. On Sunday, September 14th they returned home.

That is only part of Dominic's story. The more important part is that Dominic is an innocent and beautiful baby boy who brings constant love and joy to all those who know him. He is a son, a grandson, a great-grandson, a nephew and a cousin. He loves music and lights and can instantly melt your heart with one smile. He loves to be held with his head on his mommy's chest and likes to stick his tongue out at his daddy when they make silly faces. He is a "blanket baby" and loves the way the soft material feels on his skin. Most of all, he is a fighter and has already come through more in his first three months than most could ever experience in ten lifetimes.

Kelly and Andy are facing lost income and monumental medical bills. It is times like this when the kindness and generosity of both friends and strangers can mean everything to those who need it. To all that have already offered support, the gratitude is immense. We will continue to keep this site updated with Dominic's progress.

With faith and hope,

The Jamison (Hagedorn) Family


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