My Story

Welcome to Xavier's website. He is now sharing it with his Little brother Benjamin. They both appreciate all your support and prayers. 

If you wish to contact us, here is our information. 
2749 IL Route 78, Thomson, IL 61285.
Phone 815-684-5548 
e-mail mgabbard@hughes.net

"Full Story" to read Xavier's journey so far.



Xavier was born Aug, 31, 2008. For the first four months of Xavier's life, he was very fussy and had to be held nearly constantly. He didn't sleep, had delayed motor skills, was losing weight, had eyes, arm and leg twitching and had bad reflux. On Dec, 31 2008 he aspirated and stopped breathing. He was airlifted to Rockford Memorial Hospital. He had aspiration pneumonia. Two days later he stopped breathing with aspiration pneumonia again. Lots of test were done to find out what is causing all of Xavier's problems. After 2 weeks in Pedicatic Intensive Care he was transfered to the Pediatic ward. The doctor could not figure out what the problem is. At first the Neurologist thought he had Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS). It is a very rare auto immune disease where antibodies attack the nerve system and after consulting with the Specialist for OMS, Xavier started treatment. However both Neurologists are not sure he has OMS. We decided Xavier needed to be transfered. After a lot of research we decided to transfer him to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. The day of transfer he had a bad day, was straining to poop, had a temp and holding his breath. His tummy became very bloated. He was in extreme discomfort. He stopped breathing, they bagged him and rushed him back to Intensive Care. He stopped breathing a few more times. An ambulance team of Doctor, Nurse and Respiratory Therapist from Milwaukee Hospital drove down to Rockford to transport him to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. He was in Pediatric Intensive Care for 2 days then transfered into the Intermediate Care unit. We have had a team of Specialists look at Xavier; Neurologist, Pulmonologist, Gastreontologist, Genetist as well as therapists.
After 9 weeks in the hospital, Xavier passed away from believed Mitochronial Disorder.  His youngest brother Benjamin Xavier Gabbard has also being diagnosed with the same condition.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

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Wow...I missed a lot.  Congratulations on your beautiful boy!  I'm so happy to hear that he is healthy.  He is gorgeous!!!  You have such a beautiful family.  Take ... Read more

Elizabeth Gabbard posted a new journal entry.

Time has a funny way of moving you along in life, even when you do not want to. It is God's tool for not letting us sit still for too long.  Yesterday, was 1 year since ... Read more

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I was delighted to get your Christmas card and picture with such a great looking family!  Everyone at our office has been enjoying the picture also and are so glad that ... Read more

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Elizabeth and Matthew, It is sooooo great to hear that we will NOT be seeing you guys in any near future. I know that you will understand! I think about you all often ... Read more

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