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Liam Needs to Learn to Eat

Organized by: Shannon Bradley

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THE STORY:

You wouldn't think that someone wouldn't naturally know how to eat, would you? But our son Liam doesn't know how. He was born at 24 weeks and spent 205 days in the hospital. He was on a breathing machine for the first 2 months and had to have surgery on his bowel when he was 11 days old. Because he was so sick when he was born, feeding by mouth wasn't possible, and by the time he was stable enough to attempt being fed, he didn't know how and was afraid of anything near his mouth since that usually meant a painful procedure. Liam has been fed first through an IV, then a tube in his nose and now a tube into his tummy for his whole life.
He is 4 now and starting to be interested in food, but doesn't have the skills that you or I picked up easily as we learned to eat when we were babies. He has been going to feeding therapy once a week since he was 18 months old and has made a lot of progress. He has been on a waiting list 18 months for a 2 month long daily program about 3 hours from our home, and finally it's our turn to go. We will have to stay in hotels for the duration and could really use some help paying for that.

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