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James’s Story

Our "Little Man" James entered the AMC emergency room on 4/12/10 with a very rare strep type A blood infection, of which we had no idea as his pediatrician and first resident to see him said it was just a "stomach virus".  He decompensated very quickly once we entered the ER and it became clear he was in kidney failure, he was septic, and was suffering from toxic shock all due to the strep group A entering his blood stream.  Normally this bug would only result in a typical "sore" strep throat, however, if it finds it's way into the bloodstream it will wreak havoc.  Unfortunately, James' left arm and right leg were amputated due to the damage done by the disease.  An MRI revealed he had a stroke to the basal ganglia and suffered hypoxia of the cerebellum.  The journey has been very harrowing, trying, & scary for James & his family.  We have such a long road ahead of us, and are hoping for a full recovery.  Our friends at AMC have been outstanding, most definitely saving his life for which we will always be grateful.  James has a long road for recovery but our journey has just begun, please continue to pray for our "Little Man"

Latest Journal Update

All is Well

James has continued to do well.  The weather this Spring has been a little slow to warm up & therefore James ability to get outside as much as he would like has been hampered.  James is still the happy Little Man as always bringing much love into all our lives.  It has been a busy Spring starting with our Disney trip & then James Grandmother & I went to Fla for a month.  We missed our grandchildren so very much & were most happy to return home to see them.

School is winding down with next week being the end of the School year.  James will have a 2 week break until Summer School starts for him after July 4th.  He, Hope & all his cousins are looking forward to Summer at the Lake, hopefully the weather will cooperate.  We spent this past weekend with James & Hope since their Mother & Father had a much deserved getaway for their anniversary.  We had a great time with the kids however you find out rather quickly why you have children when you are young!  The weather seems to becoming more Summerlike & that will suit everyone just fine especially after this past Winter.

James is doing well, it appears this Springs surgery on his knee is slowly beginning to straighten the knee.  It isn't expected to occur overnight but slow is good.  James continues very hard to try & speak but he hasn't gotten there quite yet.  It is hard to believe that James will be 9 this Fall but he continues to win everyone's heart that has come to know him. 

As always please remember James in your prayers since it is your prayers that have gotten him this far.