Photography by Dinah Sutton Photography
Logan is the name of this handsome fellow and he is going to receive a dream bedroom makeover to help meet his specific needs! Logan is one of six children and was born in Florida. His birth was typical and his elated parents took their perfect bundle of joy and their sixth child home to meet his siblings.
At five months of age, he began having continuous severe seizures and medicine did not resolve them. He spent two years in and out of the hospital with no reprieve and no answers. Logan was not developing as expected either. He was not rolling over, he wasn’t talking, he could not hold his head up, and could not eat normally. At two, he had to have a feeding tube inserted and unfortunately, the gastroenterologist put the feeding tube incorrectly, Logan's mom and dad decided not to replace the tube just to remove it.
The seizures continued as well and he was experiencing up to ten seizures per day even with high doses of medication. Frustration led to seeking answers from specialists around the continent; Philadelphia, Canada and Georgia. It was a neurologist in Philadelphia who suggested they try an innovative medicine in Canada that had promising results. At first, his parents were afraid to try the drug as they had already tried so many with no resolve. However, after the seizures persisted, they decided to try it. After six long weeks of intervention, the seizures stopped. This was such a relief and a blessing. However, the difficulties did not stop there. Metabolic testing revealed that Logan had a congenital disorder named Glycosylation Syndrome TMEM165. This disease is caused by genetic mutations. It is so rare that Logan is the only one in the USA that is known to have this specific syndrome. In fact, it is so rare that the researchers cannot tell his family what to expect for Logan’s future. In addition to this condition, he has a dilated aorta for which he must take daily doses of blood pressure medicine.
After five years of traveling across the continent for incessant doctor’s appointments and research, his family decided to give him a break and moved to Georgia for a fresh start. He was enrolled in Wauka Mountain, a specialized school and began services at Emory Genetics, Spine and Orthopedics. Due to his condition, he has endured nine dental surgeries and bilateral hip surgeries. Following the hip surgeries, he was in a cast for eight weeks. When the cast was removed, he experienced remarkable outcomes: he was able to crawl! This was the first time since his birth nine years prior that he was mobile.
Currently, Logan is very active and loves crawling around and climbing on furniture he uses a wheelchair when he is out in the community. He is even learning to walk with a walker at school, but hasn’t been able to bring it home because it is too wide for his home. Although he is nonverbal, he comprehends what is said to him and loves toys that provide sensory input-toys with lights, environmental noises and music. His favorite singer is Blake Shelton and he always dnaces to his music whenever he hears it! He enjoys throwing a ball, watching himself turn on a light switch in the mirror and loves to hear people laugh. After all, it is the best medicine.
SOARD plans to give Logan a dream bedroom and help make it easier for him to become more mobile and independent at home. We’d be honored if you join us in turning this dream into a reality!