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This fundraiser ended on 09/01/14

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Please help us continue to get our little angel Tristan James treatments that could help him defy the odds and overcome his brain damage.

We are parents of a son who was born at 30 weeks, he was perfectly healthy at first until at five days old he was diagnosed with meningitis. The meningitis, as if it wasn't a  big enough threat to his little body, began to eat away at his brain. We did not feel as if the hospital that he was in at the time was doing their part in preventing any further damage to be caused to his helpless 3lb 4oz body, so at a month old we made the wise decision to transfer him to Dallas Medical City Childrens Unit. I am having trouble finding the words to even begin to explain the feelings in not only our hearts, but also our stomachs when a Neurosurgeon drew an example of our son's brain using a circle that represented an empty head and informed us that the meningitis had destroyed all of our son's grey and white matters of his brain, leaving nothing but the stem functioning. They told us in two meetings to let nature take its course, and stop coming up." They also told us to tell him "goodbye" because he more than likely would not make it. They also claimed that he would be in a vegetative state his whole life, and would never walk, talk, or preform any other kind of activity. We told them that "leaving our son" would never be an option and that one day he would walk, talk, and even tell us that he loves us, especially with God on our sides. At two months old Tristan had a VP shunt put into his head, because he had hydrocephalus. They then sent him back to the hospital that he was originally at, even though we tried to fight that decision. He was released after two months total of being hospitalized, all kinds of doctors, specliaist, and surgeons gave up on our son and told us that he has Cerebral Palsy and PVL to which there are no cures, we however being the stubborn parents that we are again told them that we are not willing to sit and watch our son suffer, so we started studying the brain, and researching different treatments, with the help of our families, God, friends, and others we were able to take Tristan who is now 17  months to Louisiana for three months to get him Hyperbarics Oxygen Treatment, which gave him some improvements, for example we heard his laugh for the first time after the treatment, and he hasn't stopped laughing since. Before the treatment he was also having severe seizures all day everyday, after treatment we have not witnessed anymore so far. We are currently looking into several treatments including stem cell therapy as well as another round of the hyperbarics since the first round was so successful. All the treatments we have found are very expensive and not usually covered by insurance. We are our sons advocate for his cure, so please join us in our fight to find a cure for our son! God bless.

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