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Callie

15

Age:

Accessible Bathroom, Dream Bedroom

Angelman Syndrome, Burn Victim

This jubilant teenager, Callie, smiles despite her pain and laughs through her
tremendous triumphs. The journey through childhood has been a challenge that she
has never stopped braving. Callie was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome as a toddler
and suffers significant developmental delays. At the age of twelve, she suffered a tragic
accident during her evening bath at home. She was rushed by ambulance to the
hospital where she spent six months with severe second and third degree burns
covering more than 60% of her body. To complicate matters further, during the first 24
hours in the ICU, doctors discovered a previously unknown blood clot in her right leg
which had become aggravated during treatment and her leg had to be amputated above
the knee. Callie endured over 21 surgeries with extensive skin grafts for her burns and
suffered cardiac arrest due to trauma and complications.
Callie, who is still in the hospital recovering, is fully dependent on her family and
caregiver to meet all of her needs including transferring, showering, hygiene and
bathing. She receives intensive physical, occupational and speech therapies and
participates in the county’s exceptional education program via the hospital/homebound
services division. The acquisition of each skill has been a true feat for Callie. Through
tough determination and the support of her therapists and family, she continues to
overcome obstacles and celebrate milestones.
A room and bathroom that is adapted to meet Callie’s unique needs has become even
more essential since her accident and subsequent surgeries. Sunshine on a Ranney
Day is excited to have the opportunity to provide Callie and her family with extensive
renovations to her home that will make her days a whole lot easier. Plans are in the
works for an enlarged bathroom with a walk-in shower, Hoyer Lift to assist with transfers
and a designer bedroom with a sensory station and storage for her medical supplies.
We can wait to see her enjoy her new platform swing with radiant smiles and echoing
laughter!

Family Photos

Photography by Angie Browning Photography

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