On July 12, I gave birth to Jordan, the most beautiful boy in the world. I know every mother says that, but really, he is beautiful.
On July 18, not even a week after he was born, Jordan was diagnosed with Metopic Craniosynostosis -- the early fusion of two or more bones in the skull. In Jordan’s case, it is the two bones that make up his forehead.
Babies with Craniosynostosis may develop increased pressure inside their head due to the early fusion of the bones. Their skulls won’t expand enough to make room for their growing brains. The only way to correct Jordan’s birth defect is with a major surgery, performed by a neurosurgeon and a craniofacial plastic surgeon, which will happen at Seattle Children's Hospital on April 21.
As a mom, I hate the phrase “birth defect” as there is nothing “defective” about my LiL Man. He’s a giggly, happy, little guy who is working on teeth and learning how to crawl. He loves to bounce and he loves his puppy dog Barkley.
I struggle with the idea that I can't financially take care of my son's every need, but the reality is that Jordan's medical bills are stacking up with no signs of stopping, and I’m not ashamed to ask for help for my son. This is costing thousands of dollars, and I can’t take care of it all on my teacher's salary.
So I’m asking you to please support my LiL Man, and if you can’t donate, please share his story. Words can’t describe how grateful I am. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- tiesa mcelroy
- lindsay sandwith
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