My name is Emmett Ibach and I am 9 years old. Because of my birth, I have severe hypoxic ischemia (lack of oxygen to the brain that causes many neurological problems), severe irritability, a sleep disorder, and a seizure disorder. (Read my background story to find out more)
When I was born, I was not breathing and was sent right to the NICU. I had a ventilator overnight and had seizures immediately. Surprising everyone, I went home after 16 days. I have continuous trouble with irritability, sleep, seizures, and feedings. I take many medications to help. I require 24 hour one-on-one care and have a nurse during the day. I have a feeding tube in my tummy to eat. I can't walk or talk in the conventional way, but definitely vocalize when happy, sad, and mad! I can be extremely irritable at times, but when happy, I have the biggest and best smiles. I like to give Hi-5's and my favorite show is Barney! I love to be held and rocked. I have a 7 year old brother named Ethan and a 4 year old sister named Emma who I love very much.
Today is Giving Hearts Day!! Hope, Inc. is focusing fundraising efforts around this day! If our family raises $500 for Hope, Inc., Emmett's activity fees for the year will be waived. Your donations will help Emmett and so many other very special kids participate in recreational and sporting activities. No words can express how important this organization is to many families, including ours!! If you decided to open your heart on this giving hearts day, please remember to include "in honor or Emmett Ibach" to count towards Emmett's fundraising total!! We appreciate every dollar!
Make-a-wish has also impacted our family tremendously! If you are able, please remember them on this day also! We have been blessed by two very special organizations!