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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

Girl Germs

Chaser was one to always have an opinion, and it looks like he is starting to share it with us again!  The other day I leaned in to get a kiss good night and to my surprise- as I felt his little lips squeeze together against my cheek, i heard a little "smack" sound.  "Did you hear that Lisa?"  "Yes, try it again!"  I pressed my cheek against his dry lips for another shot at this incredible moment....."smack!"  There it was again. Wow!!  Ava decided she wanted to take a crack at the kisses Chase was dishing out.  She leaned in, and in true Chaser form, he let out a sound of disapproval and turned his head the other way! What a great moment, to see our little dude showing, not only the ability to make a decision, but another glimpse of his stubborn personality again.
This was one of a few great moments we have been blessed with Chase this week.   Today at the end of Hippo therapy, Lisa was met by one of Chases therapists grinning from ear to ear.  She went on to explain that this was one of the best sessions he has had at Hippo therapy to date.  Chase was positioned flat on his back while riding Tia (his horse),  with his therapist holding his knees to keep him stable for the circle trot.  While they were making the loop, Chase bridged his body / lifted his hips up several times.  Knowing how difficult this is to do and how much muscle control it takes, she said she wanted to scream out loud in excitement, but held back as to not scare Chase or the horses!  Whether he was holding his bum up to avoid the bumpy ride, or to show off to Kelli, Miikka, Ava and Chloe that came to watch him, he sure managed to impress everyone there!  Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers.  Have a great weekend!

God is Good!