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My Story

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.

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Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "Giving Hearts Day!! ".

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 ... Read more

Sherri Nelson signed Emmett's Guestbook.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BOY!!!  Wow, that is so hard to believe!  LOOK how you have grown up!  Hope you had a great time for your special day!HUGS!  Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "Happy Birthday Emmett!! ".

I just realized I didn't post an entry on Emmett's Birthday!!!!! Happy 10th Birthday to Emmett on November 1st!! 10 years old, WOW!! Where has the time gone!?!?! Emmett ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "Happy 8th Birthday Little Brother!".

Happy 8th Birthday to my little brother Ethan! I love you! Thanks for making me laugh everyday! Click on the link below:Happy 8th Birthday Ethan!  Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "Make-A-Wish!".

Make-A-Wish granted Emmett his wish to meet all the Sesame Street characters at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA! It was an awesome experience for Emmett and all of us! We ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "A rough summer".

It has been a very rough summer for Emmett with a cumulation of events that has ended up with where we are now, which is at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry.

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY EMMA! What an exciting Birthday weekend Emma had! Friday the Butterfly Ball with Dad, getting her ears pierced Saturday, today a Princess Tea party with ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry.

It has been quite awhile since I have written a true update on Emmett. Part of it is that there is always so much going on and we don't know what is causing what. Just a ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry, "Hope, Inc. presents "Frosty the Snowman"".

All three kids are in the Hope, Inc. play "Frosty the Snowman" tomorrow!! We are so excited! The play is at the Masonic Center at 6pm! Come and see how hard all ... Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry.

Happy 9th Birthday Emmett!We love you buddy!!Happy 9th Birthday VideoClick on the above link!!   Read more

Raquel Kilen-Ibach posted a new journal entry.

Happy 7th Birthday Ethan!!This morning Ethan enjoyed some rainbow birthay pancakes for breakfast! Yummy!Click on the link below for Ethan's Birthday video!Happy Birthday ... Read more

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