Kynadee Campbell, the 9 year old daughter of Decatur Police Chief, Delvon Campbell and his wife Ashley, has been suffering from an increasing number of seizures lately, in addition to her other health challenges. She is currently in the Epilepsy Monitor Unit at Cook’s, after having more than 25 seizures this past weekend.
Kynadee’s neurologist has recommended a Seizure Response Dog to assist the family and provide some peace of mind. Unfortunately, traditional seizure monitors won’t work for Kynadee because they are “movement” monitors and Kynadee does not have convulsive seizures. Kynadee stops breathing during her seizures and requires physical monitoring. This is why her neurologist has said that this type of specially trained seizure response dog is the best form of monitoring for the family. These dogs cost upwards of $30,000, and the waitlists for organizations to cover cost of the dogs, in addition to placement time can be quite lengthy.
To help decrease the timeline for the Campbell Family to receive this invaluable resource, several members of the Decatur community have joined together in an effort to raise the funds to provide a K9 For Kynadee, and for any additional funds raised to be used to offset ongoing medical expenses.
Delvon has served Decatur in the Police Department for more than 20 years and is involved in numerous activities and groups that benefit the entire community. In addition to Kynadee, daughters Addison (15) and Ryleigh (9), are busy with activities and school. As one could imagine, caring for two busy girls, in addition to providing Kynadee around the clock care and monitoring are both mentally and physically exhausting. We hope to be able to ease some of this burden by helping them acquire a Seizure Response Dog.
Ashley is currently researching Seizure Response Dogs through the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation and their resources. The hope is that because of Kynadee’s current condition, she can be moved up the waiting list. What a gift it would be if we could raise the funds prior to that occurring!
You can follow Kynadee’s story on Facebook via the Keeping Up With Kynadee page.
Below is the latest update from Ashley, as of the evening of September 5, 2023.
They gave Kynadee a different seizure medicine by IV this morning which seemed to finally stop her seizures. However, the EEG still shows constant seizure activity. The EEG shows very different activity than her previous EEGs. They are cautiously trying different medications to get her EEG back to baseline. So, she’ll be in the hospital for at least a few days. We do know that a rhinovirus and UTI might be what lowered her seizure threshold, but we don’t know what caused the change in her seizures or the inability for her brain to stop. Once they’re able to get her brain to stop the constant seizure activity, then we can try to figure these new seizures out.
Thank you for your continued prayers!
If you have read this far, we hope you want to help this amazing family as much as we do. All proceeds will go directly to the Campbell Family and this page was started for their benefit and with their consent.