Support Terren Weidman
Terren was born July 16, 2013 at a full term of 40 weeks. He weighed 7lbs. and 6oz. All 10 toes and 10 fingers were accounted for. He came out with such beautiful grey eyes (since then they have changed to hazel brown). We knew he was special. Around 6 a.m. the nurses came to us and told us his sugars had dropped dramatically to fatal levels and he needed to be rushed to the NICU.
Those first 24 hours were so hectic. Our newborn son was surrounded by a huge medical team, hooked up to machines and had an IV in his forehead. Within two weeks, Terren was diagnosed with Panhypopituitarism, a condition of inadequate or absent production of the anterior pituitary hormones. We didn’t know what to expect. Terren was so fragile. We never expected to get the news that Terren was also completely blind. It’s overwhelming to think about the number of medications he needs to take in order to live and doctors he needs to see on a regular basis to follow his progress.
In the summer of 2018, Terren was diagnosed with severe Autism and speech disability. We were again faced with all new challenges. Terren currently walks with some assistance, is non-verbal, has low muscle tone, has a visual impairment, and requires intensive behavioral therapy. He is a very loving and happy boy. He suffers from migraines and gastrointestinal pain due to all the medications he has to take.
We have recently discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) while researching holistic, alternative therapies and believe this treatment could be crucial for Terren’s healing and development. HBOT uses a chamber to deliver more oxygen to the cells in the body. This allows for more pathways to form, which may help with Terren’s quality of life. In many cases, HBOT has improved the client’s low muscle tone, thinking (cognition), physical healing, seizure control and vision. We would love for Terren to be able to have some vision and see this beautiful world we live in. We learned that there is a facility right here in Northwest Ohio that we can go to called Sara’s Garden.
Unfortunately, in the United States insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of neurological disorders and therefore will not cover the cost for treatments. That is why we could really use your help. HBOT for Terren is only $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden. However, since our plan is for him to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments (twice a day, 5 days a week for 4 weeks) that cost adds up quickly to $4,000 for a round of 40 treatments.
Sara’s Garden understands that families with special needs children may have financial barriers placed on them. They have a sponsorship program that helps with the cost of treatments. If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received go into an account in Terren’s name and will be used for his treatments. We know this process will be costly are are asking for a sponsorship 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 Terren’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 DONATE NOW button below.
We truly feel that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may have great results for Terren. This is an opportunity to give Terren the chance at the best quality of life he can possibly have. We will keep everyone updated on Terren’s outcomes.
Thank you so much for considering to support Terren’s treatments at Sara’s Garden!
Tia, Franki and Terren
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.