Thank you for visiting our page. I am the grandmother to Maddex and I started this campaign on behalf of my daughter, Christeen, so we can begin to get the necessary resources for his recovery. Here is his story. You can also follow his page at: https://www.facebook.com/teammaddie17/
On Sunday, August 13, 2017 our 22 month old son, Maddex Caige Elicio (Maddie), was in a near drowning accident.
The day began like every other Sunday. We spent the day relaxing, playing, and watching the VJ Day Parade. That evening we were inside the house and the older children went outside to play. One of them accidently left the back door open and Maddex was able to get out. I was busy with Joslin, his twin sister, and did not realize he had gotten out. Nadia, his older sister, apparently saw him climbing the ladder to the pool and attempted to get him down but couldn't so she ran inside to tell us Maddie was in the pool.
When we pulled him out of the water, his heart was not beating. By the grace of God, there were 2 police officers next door at our neighbors. I called to them and they put him in their car and headed to the er while giving CPR. Thankfully the officer who was there had years of training before he encountered us.
Maddie was stabilized at our local hospital and airlifted to Riley Children’s hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana where he remains. We have learned that he was without oxygen for at least 8-10 minutes. Because of the lack of oxygen to his brain, Maddie now has severe brain damage. On a scale of 1-10, and 10 being the worst, Maddie is a 7-8. He has damage to every cortex of his brain but his brain stem is functioning. The doctors told us he most likely won't be able to walk, sit, feed himself, and possibly not even be able to talk. We’ve been told there will be some brain regrowth on its own but not enough to heal him completely.
We are looking into a treatment plan using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with the world renowned specialist, Dr. Paul Harch, in Louisiana. There have been amazing results with these treatments for a little girl who recovered from an accident very similar to Maddie’s. You can read her story here: http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2017/08/new_orleans_oxygen_treatment.html We are a family of 8. Four of our kids are already in school. Since going to New Orleans is just not possible we are planning to see Dr. Cole in Cincinnati. He is a lot closer to us and a better option for us with our large family as we can make a daily drive there. He attended seminars by Dr. Harch and they told us if we want to talk to Dr. Harch for advice on Maddie's treatments they will be perfectly ok with that.
Thank you for visiting and donating. We are grateful for your support. #teammaddie17
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