My son Kylan, was born on October 24, 2011 by an emergency C-section. He was a Meconium baby and placed in NICU. Doctors then discovered he had low blood platelets and was put on antibiotics for ten days to make sure no infection set in. When he built his platelets up on his own and finished his antibiotics we were allowed to go home.
When Kylan was one month old, I noticed that he always kept his fists clinched. When I asked his pediatrician about this behavior, I was told that it was normal and not to worry about it. By the time Kylan was two months old and this behavior continued, I grew even more concerned and again pointed it out to his doctor during a well checkup examination. Kylan was diagnosed as being hypotonic in his neck and hypertonic in his body and we were referred to a neurologist who diagnosed my son with Spastic Cerebral Palsy on January 31, 2012.
Kylan had his first MRI in February 2012 shortly after returning from his first neurologist visit. The neurologist went over the MRI with my husband and I confirming that Kylan had Cerebral Palsy. She also confirmed that my son had suffered brain damage and that he probably would never walk. Kylan has also been diagnosed with Protein S deficiency which is hereditary.
Kylan is a happy, fun loving child, and always has a smile on his face. He brings joy to everyone he is around and we always look for the best in his progress. I am blessed to have such a special child placed in my life and I want to do anything I possibly can to give my son the best quality life he deserves. After my son’s diagnosis, we began searching for any treatments available to him. Kylan began physical therapy and is now on a waiting list for occupational therapy and speech therapy.
We have been researching additional treatment options for Kylan for some time now and have discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Conductive Education (CE). We want to give him every opportunity to continue to grow and develop and be as independent as possible. Unfortunately there are no resources in our area that specialize in working with children with Cerebral Palsy. That is why our search has taken us to Sara’s Garden in Wauseon, Ohio. Sara’s Garden is the only non-profit center in the United States to offer both HBOT and CE services and specializes in working with children with Cerebral Palsy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Conductive Education have been very successful in treating individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize them as being therapeutic for the treatment of CP and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Kylan is only $110 per treatment and Conductive Education is only $35 per hour at Sara’s Garden. However, since our plan is for him to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments and 40-80 hours of CE that cost adds up quickly (and doesn’t even include our costs for transportation, food and lodging).
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $110 HBOT treatment or $35 hour of CE it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Kylan’s name and will be used for his treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Kylan’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write his name directly on the check. You can also donate online via credit card by clicking on the link below.
Thank you so much for considering the support of Kylan’s treatments.
Randall & Kimberly Gallent
Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.