We’d like to introduce you to Reid. Reid is a charming young man with a blazing bright future and a heart for serving others. This seventeen year old most admires his father and the acts of bravery and sacrifice he makes as a firefighter. Reid is a fighter, too.
Pierson Reid Clark came into this world fighting a crusade of his own on February 11, 2000; his mother’s birthday. Reid was eleven weeks premature and weighed three pounds when he was delivered via emergency caesarian due to placenta abruption. Reid’s lungs had not fully developed resulting in patent ductus which caused a blood clot in his lung. The blood clot moved to his brain causing a hemorrhage and hyrdrocephalus. Reid soon endured surgery to place a VP shunt in the brain to control the cerebral spinal fluid building on his cerebrum.
The doctors predicted that he would be significantly impaired and would not be able to roll over, crawl, sit, stand, walk, or even talk. He spent the first three months of his life in the hospital before he got to go home for the first time. That glorious day was treasured, but soon a second surgery was required due to the return of hydrocephalus. The surgery was successful and Reid got to return home once again. His fight did not end there. Two months later he developed meningitis and had to undergo two more surgeries to manage the hydrocephalus, the infection and have a port placed subcutaneously for the administration of life saving medication.
While under this duress, he began experiencing seizures. He continued to battle for his life in the hospital until he was stable and thriving. At nine months of age, he was finally released from the hospital and able to join his family at home.
Reid has been in and out of the hospital many times in his 17 years for so many things. He has endured upwards of 40 procedures. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age 2, had a high risk selective Dorsal Rhitozomy surgery on his spine shortly thereafter. Reid has been going to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN for 10 years where he has undergone countless hours of orthopedic surgeries, some taking 12 to 15 hours to complete. Reid’s family stayed in the rehab wing with him for his recovery, which at times was 6 to 8 weeks. When Reid returned home to Georgia, it would take up to a year or longer of countless hours of rehab therapy to even get up and walk on his walker again. Reid most recent orthopedic surgery was in April of 2016, and the family is hoping that Reid won’t have to have any more orthopedic surgeries for a while.
Reid is maturing handsomely and he is also outgrowing his room. Sunshine on a Ranney Day wants to make things a whole lot easier and brighter for him by transforming his second story bedroom into an apartment with a renovation of his room and bathroom to accommodate his current needs.
Reid is an accomplished high school sophomore that loves any kind of active role in entertainment, especially if he can turn a frown upside down! He loves playing video games and watching YouTube. He will soon be able to enjoy his videos in his newly renovated apartment. Please join us in this special project!