Support Caleb Martin
We are the adoptive parents of Leah and Caleb. They are biological siblings and each was placed in our home at the age of 6 weeks. Their biological mother suffers from bipolar disorder and has psychotic episodes where she threatens or causes harm to herself and/or others. We had become a support system for these parents and Leah was placed with us. At the time of her final adoption in November 2015, we became aware that her biological parents were expecting another baby. We knew the situation into which this baby would be born and prayed for his safety, but we no longer had a relationship with the biological parents.
Although we knew she was pregnant, we did not know the biological mother had been prescribed a powerful antipsychotic medication to keep her moods somewhat level. Caleb was born May 2, 2016, and displayed signs of drug addiction. He didn’t sleep much and when he did, he jerked and was generally restless. He cried uncontrollably and we had to hold him tightly until he could relax and rest. He also suffered some physical anomalies which we assume are from the drugs. He had muscles so stiff he couldn’t straighten his arms or hold his head straight. Reflux was so severe he couldn’t lie down flat to sleep. Developmental delays became evident very early. He didn’t roll over, sit up or grab things. Through many sessions of physical therapy, Caleb has made a lot of progress. He sat up at 11 months and walked at 19 ½ months. He still doesn’t say words. He makes a lot of noise, but we are still waiting for him to look at us and say, Mommy or Daddy. Just a couple of weeks ago he laughed for the first time! He loves cars and music and swinging outside in his baby swing. And he can’t wait to do everything is big sissy does!
Caleb has been poked, prodded and tested for everything the doctors think he might have or may be the cause of his delays. A few months ago, we were given the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Although it was not unexpected, it was still a shock to hear those words. Now we are seeing signs of autism, but he is still a bit young for that to be diagnosed. And those labels don’t really matter to us. Caleb is who he is. He is a unique child of God made perfectly the way he is. But we would like to give him every advantage we can to get through this journey of life.
In our quest for services, we contacted Sara’s Garden about speech therapy. During our consultation there we were made aware of some other services that might be helpful for Caleb such as Conductive Education and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. Although we have insurance, our carrier does not cover many of these therapies. We accept that Caleb may always be delayed, but we see the difference therapy makes in his progress and would like him to be able to continue.
Unfortunately, in the United States insurance will often not reimburse for HBOT treatments or CE. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT is only $100.00 per treatment hour and CE is only $35.00 per hour. However, since the plan is for Caleb to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments and take part in Conductive Education, the costs add up quickly.
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment or part of the cost of CE, it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Caleb’s name and will be used for his treatments and services. 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 Caleb Martin written 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 “donate now” button below.
We absolutely covet the prayers that have been poured out on behalf of Caleb and believe that he may one day miraculously catch up. In the meantime, we could use financial support for Caleb to continue therapy and be the best little Caleb he can be. We thank you for taking time to meet Caleb, for your prayers, and for your support.
The family of Caleb Martin
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.