This page was put together to keep family and friends up to speed on Caliphs condition. Caliph was diagnosed w/ Vascular Malformation growths (fatty tissue/tumors) at the mere age of 1yrs old. Caliph suffers with a bad left limb which effects his overall abilities at times. I must say he is one tough cookie and continues to fight w/this element each day. Please continue to read his story for we have a lot to share. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Once again Thanks for visiting our sons site. In the fall of 2002 Caliph developed a small lump on the top of his left foot. My mom thought that one of the boys had picked up a can good and dropped it on their foot. At which time we did what we could for a small swelling. A week or so had gone by without any change. At this time we had no idea of what was in store for our newly trued (1yr old twin boy). The doctor visits started, within four years time Caliph had three surgeons at Children’s Memorial, three or so at University of Chicago and so many other independent doctors that the count went into double digits. No one was every positive of what was going on in my toddler. Children’s Memorial hospital treated Caliph with his first surgery (age 2). This was supposed to burn clogged veins trying to prevent blockage in the stream. That didn’t work! Shortly there after the foot continue to enlarge. Not only did it enlarge but also, numerous tumors grew up his leg. Our search continued never giving up but, torn from the lack of trustable health care.
The end of 2006 I had a visit to an Evergreen Park podiatrist for myself. During my visit I explained Caliphs condition. This doctor turned furious to hear of the lack of concern from Children’s Hospital. Caliph became her patient at once. She expressed an urgent concern to have these tumors removed. Somehow I regained trust and ask GOD to strengthen me to have trust in this doctor. So I did I even expressed to her that I felt she was the one. One week prior to his surgery (and four years later of searching) the doctor phoned my cell phone to say if they were to go on with the surgery he may lose his limb! What rage, anger and frustration developed from this point. What do I do now, where do I turn? Once I regained my sensible mind I ordered eight copies of Caliphs MRI and hit the net. My mind fells me to remember the entire hospitals nation wide that I contacted. Emails were sent that enclosed pictures of his leg as well as the MRI were mailed with its current findings. Within a two-day time lap Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN was in contact. They had given Caliph a Mayo clinic number with dates for an appointment. Mayo was the first to do a biopsy (which was benign). To this date he has had three tumors removed July 2nd, October 10th and February 14th 2008. Unfortunately he continues to suffer from more growths. We value your concern deeply and continue to ask that you remember to keep our angel in your prayers.