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This fundraiser ended on 09/14/11

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The family of Tommy Mellett is uniting to raise money to help pay for medical bills associated with his umbilical cord blood reinfusion.

While in utero, Tommy Mellett developed a grade 3 intraventricular brain hemorrhage and hydrocephalus stemming from depleted oxygen supply during his mother's emergency surgery when she was just 28 weeks pregnant. While no official diagnosis has been made, this type of brain injury is consistent with long-term developmental delays and varying degrees of cerebral palsy.

Since his birth in September 2010, Tommy has undergone ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery (to drain the excess fluid from his brain to his abdomen), strabismus surgery (to correct both crossed eyes due to pressure against the sixth nerve in his brain), and countless other doctor appointments and tests, including MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans.

Through it all, Tommy is a happy 8 month old with an infectious laugh that can’t help but get his almost 3 year old sister, Sophie, to giggle with him. He receives weekly physical therapy and is developing quite the little personality– he is one tough cookie!

This fundraiser will help cover all medical expenses including the banking and use of Tommy’s umbilical cord blood for a reinfusion at Duke University Medical Center. Led by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, this procedure is currently undergoing an FDA approved clinical trial that is seeking to evaluate whether, in children with cerebral palsy, a single intravenous infusion of a child's own umbilical cord stem cells will cure or at least lessen the severity of the disease. There have already been many inspiring success stories in children that have received this treatment. While Tommy does not meet the specific criteria to be included in the clinical trial, we are excited that Dr. Kurtzberg has agreed to treat Tommy outside of the clinical trial!

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