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Chase’s Story

 On March 30, 2013 - Chase suffered an anoxic brain injury caused by a near drowning accident in a pool while on vacation .He was without oxygen,  non-responsive and no heartbeat for several minutes.  It is a Miracle that he is here with us today. Thanks to some truly selfless, quick reactions from strangers poolside, a vast number of incredible medical professionals, and the Lords hands -he has been given a second chance at life. 

 We spent 11days at Arnold Palmer Children’s in Florida,  - once stabilized, we cameback to MN- where we stayed at Gillette's Children's Hospital in St.Paul.  Here he spent 3 months working vigorously in therapy, and improving his health.  Overcoming almost impossible odds, he was given the clearance to head home and continue his recovery in the company of his siblings - (Ava 8yrs old, Tanner 10yrs old) and his puppy Carly. He no doubt has a long and difficult recovery process ahead of him, which we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to guide him through.  Chaser is a strong willed little 5 year old who has what it takes to get there!  We would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support, and look forward to updating you along his journey to a complete recovery!  God is Good!  

Latest Journal Update

and the News gets Better....!

When Chaser and Lisa got dismissed this morning, they met with the Dr. to go over the sleep study results.  Wow!  Here they are - all of them compaired to the test taken in Sept 2014:
Throughout the night his Oxygen levels were (in Sept 2014) -90% saturation and above -87.5% of the time was sleeping/ this test,  he was in that range 99.8% of the time!.... 
His Apnea/Hypopnea numbers went from 44(in non REM), 18 (in REM),  40 (in TST) in Sept - to 2,2,2! - His Respitory Disturbances went from (in Sept 2014) 47 in Non-REM and 22 in REM- to 2 and 2 this time!-  Which for those of you that are like us and have no idea what that means- its good!  It means he is breathing is getting better at night, which in turn, leads us to conclude his lungs are getting stronger and healing! There were a few not so great good reports when he was on his back. Because of the lack of muscle control with his tongue, it falls back and blocks his airway.  So for now Chaser will sleep constantly on his side.
His overall sleep efficiency in sept was 62%- this time 84%!  Lets hope these healing stats keep rollin- Lisa and Chase got home late this afternoon. Sporting his 3-day, natural hospital style do, Lisa snapped this picture right before he got a much needed, complete rub down in the tub.  He is now snuggled in Grama Judy's arms, deep in REM- hopefully hitting 100% on the stat Chart. :)


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Betsy Horn
By Betsy Horn, Grand Forks
Super news! PTL! Thank you, Jesus! So thrilled about Chase's progress. Fantastic!
pauline campbell
By pauline campbell
Chaser has such a wonderful loving family. You guys are truly inspirational!
D. Elaine Wood
By Elaine Wood
Know you are all encouraged for the reports from the sleep study comparisons...PTL!! So glad Chase can be snuggled in Grandma Judy's arms tonight. Praying for sweet sleep for all. Hugs and prayers. Zeph. 3:17
Amy Hollan
By Amy Hollan .
Our Great Physician is so Awesome! Keep it up you Lykkens!
C J Cord
By Judy Cord
Great news. Praying for complete recovery.
Linda Dastou
By Linda Dastou
I'm glad he is doing so well. God is good.