Team Member: Michele Oberrath
Jessica Forshey wrote -
Melvin oberrath IV ( gaven) was born February 7th 2002. 1 month old he got RSV was on life support for 21 days both his lungs collapse. In all we spent 25 days at arkon children's. Went home all was well at 5 months old we found out he had hydrocephalus he was rushed to Akron Children's where they did emergency surgery and placed a shunt. Within a couple days he had a malfunction and had you have a revision within a couple months he had to have another revision that is when I found a doctor at Children's Hospital in Columbus after a couple years he has received yet another revision this is going on throughout his 14 years of life.on Tuesday July 5 the gaven became very not himself ended up having a very bad seizure his sister and I rushed him to Cambridge hospital where he was life-flighted to Columbus children's in the wee hours of Wednesday morning July 6th gaven had his what we thought to be a revision but has turned out to b more serious. They had to externalize the tube and completely remove The shunt. He has what is called a pseudocyst in his abdomen he has a slow-growing infection that has grown over time since his surgery in September of last year he is now fighting this inspection he has to be on antibiotics for quite a while to clear everything up once it is it clear then the doctors will decide what next step is . They will be placeing the shunt back into his head. It will take a while he has to be on the antibiotics for quite some time for them to work this morning his head began bleeding either he may have bumped it while in his sleep or the tube was irritating the spot that it goes in to his brain and had busted some blood vessels. Kind of like an irritation I guess. They had to remove the bandages to check it and stop the bleeding this was very painful for him they have stopped the bleeding and put a new dressing on it and stabilized it better to where it won't get jostled around he is such a brave strong boy. That has been through so much in his life and still to this day loves life. He has had other minor surgeries in between all the other ones do to him just being a boy and he had a hernia at 3 years old and had to have surgery also I am totally inspired by our boy and so blessed to have him as my son our family is truly truly blessed to have such an inspiration.PLEASE HELP GAVIN!!