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  • 3-Year-Old Owen Davidson From Tennessee Selected as 2018 National Ambassador of Hydrocephalus Awareness for Incurable Brain Condition

    January 9, 2018 by  
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    MEET OWEN DAVIDSON

    3-Year-Old Owen Davidson From Tennessee Selected as 2018 National Ambassador of Hydrocephalus Awareness for Incurable Brain Condition

    owen Owen was born October 20th 2014 along with his twin sister Shelby. When he was born, he was having a hard time breathing. They sent him to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The first few days were rough. They diagnosed him with SVT. It’s a heart condition. Then as days passed they told us he had a IVH grade 3 on the left and grade 4 on the right brain bleed. Then they said this word.. (Hydrocephalus).

    As parents we didn’t really understand what this was. So we did our research and we were heartbroken because we didn’t know when, why, or how this happened. We wanted answers, but they really couldn’t tell us anything. They did so many taps to keep the fluid off, we lost count. He had to have 2 blood transfusions.

    He was too little to have the surgery. So at 1 month of age the VP Shunt was placed. Everything went great, he came home after a 40 day nicu stay. At 15 months he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We were heartbroken again. They first said spastic quadriplegic CP. Then changed it to mixed cerebral palsy.

    At 18 months of age he had his first revision and, oh my goodness, this was bad. We almost lost him because we couldn’t get anyone to listen to us. All they would stay he doesn’t have the symptom of a shunt malfunction. No tests were done. So we had enough. We took him to the ER at the Vanderbilt children’s hospital.

    The scan came back yes his shunt has malfunction and he needs surgery right now. During the surgery while they were removing the other shunt he had another brain bleed. So they had to do a EVD til all the blood was gone. So after 23 days in the picu his vp shunt was placed.

    Owen has had other surgeries not hydro related. But Owen is one true fighter. He has a lot of family supporting him in this journey. He has his Mother Crystal, Father Rodney, brother Hunter, sisters Cheyenne and Faith and his twin sister Shelby. We all love him unconditionally. He always keeps a smile on his face. He is a true inspiration.

    He is 3 yrs old now and everything is going good.