RWT Project 2013
Billy is a victim of severe child abuse. The result of this abuse is that he suffers from a traumatic brain injury and brain anoxia. This abuse took a normal four year old and rendered him profoundly handicapped. Billy is now unable to walk, talk, see or eat; he is receiving nursing care to assist him with his disabilities. In addition to feeding tubes, and braces for his arms and legs, Billy suffers from frequent seizures. Here are some articles from his case.
In October 2012, our family adopted Billy. In order to care for Billy, as previously stated, our parents have professional nursing and medical care. He has grown from a tiny under weight four year old in 2011 to surpassing fifty pounds and growing steadily. We have to make extensive changes to our home.
Our parents home was built in stages prior to their purchase with the main part being built in the late 1800's. The doorways are too small for wheelchair accessibility and his bedroom is too small for the mechanical lift required to assist, ourselves and caregivers, to lift him to and from his bed. They also do not have any bathing abilities on the first floor of their home. He also receives many deliveries, his feeding and diapering supplies take up much of his room, as with these old homes there is very little closet space. After speaking with several contractors they are looking at building an addition to accommodate two bedrooms, a handicapped bathroom and small family area as the main portion. Their home will not allow for these changes to be made in its current state. We are in the need of building this addition and can't do it alone!
Billy has touched our lives profoundly and we want to make his life as best as possible.
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"He was being held in my mom's arms," McConnell said, "surrounded by his dad and all his brothers and sisters."