He has overcome so much through the first seven months of his life:
- He was born underweight at just over 4 pounds which meant a month long stay in the NICU to grow stronger.
- His underdeveloped throat caused aspiration, meaning milk gets in his lungs when he swallows.
- To avoid bouts of pneumonia and other potential sicknesses, a feeding tube was surgically inserted right into his stomach. A battery powered pump delivers formula to him, bypassing his esophagus while he does corrective therapy and his body continues to develop.
- In depth care is required, including a rigid feeding schedule to ensure proper weight gain and growth. This has required Sarah to stop working, since hiring the proper care would not make financial sense.
- The feeding tube has restricted certain developmental activities like "tummy time" during critical months which has caused other complications like range of motion deficiency and flat head syndrome.
- His feeding tube has been switched out for a smaller plug (think the air plug on a beach ball) and his mobility is no longer restricted so the complications can be addressed now.
We are so thankful for great insurance that has covered the major hospital stays, operations, and at-home feeding equipment & supplies, but treatment for the complications are not covered.
Asking for help is not always easy, however the financial strain of Emerson's issues and our family's lost income has taken a toll. We would be overjoyed & beyond grateful if you would support an upcoming treatment for Emerson next Monday Feb 12th. The total not covered by insurance will be $2800.
Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support as our brave little guy keeps kicking his way through a tough first year!