Fluids and antibiotics were given and he was transported
to the Sparrow Regional Childrenís Center in Lansing, Michigan.
The rapid further spread of purple patches on the skin,
including his fingers and feet were characteristic of purpura fulminous,
clotting of the small arteries to all of those purple areas, triggered by the
bacteria Neisseria meningitis. As the small arteries clot, the skin and organs
become purple, lose their blood supply and die. As the bacteria grew and
spread in his bloodstream, he went into septic shock.
Brandon was not only semi-comatose and in septic
shock, but rapidly developing lung edema, respiratory failure, heart failure
and acute kidney failure he was put on full life support. Once his lungs,
heart function and kidney function normalized he was removed from life
He woke from his comma but his recovery was far from
over he spent nearly the next 4 months in the hospital
During the last three and a half months of his
hospitalization he underwent many surgical procedures.
The fingers of his left hand, his right index finger
and his right foot were amputated. He had nine separate muscle flaps attached
to areas that needed additional blood supply. In one instance his left hand
was fastened to a muscle from his left thigh. He had separate skin grafts to
repair areas of his body that lost skin (in some areas down to the bone)
as a result of lost circulation caused by the disease. At one point
leeches were actually applied to one of his flaps in order to keep the flap
Despite the devastating effects of his illness,
Brandon isnít devastated. He never lost his positive spirit, even when he was
still in the hospital and a very sick child, he remained positive. Unlike the
grownups around him, it never occurred to Brandon that he might not live.
Brandon won the first round of his fight and was able
to go home in late, October 2002, and returned to school almost immediately.
Learning to use his hands again and strengthening new muscles to take the
place of old ones has been difficult. Most kids struggle with their zippers,
buttons and shoelaces, but once these skills are mastered, they donít ever
think about them again. Brandon has had to learn to do all of these things
over again. He has been fitted with a prosthetic for his right foot and is
walking, running and jumping on his own today,
He has been so amazing through all of this...a real
He doesn't ever really act like there's a problem. He's adapted really well.
He's an inspiration to everyone.
His Dad, Jerry
It has been three years
since Brandon became ill from a deadly infection called meningococcemia
One afternoon he came running off his bus into the house.
full of life happy singing
dancing , with in 24 hrs he was in the ICU fighting for his life. The
doctors said there was little to no chance of survival.
... Refused to give up he
fought hard for the next 43 hours.
The doctors said it was just
too much for him, He had gone into respiratory failure, near heart
failure He was in septic shock the doctors had no choice but to put him
on full life support.. After several days he woke up by with in a
couple days he was taken off life support , The doctors finally said the
words we had been praying for, That he just might live. But the
infection had spread through out his body caused serious damage to his
legs feet ,the fingers on his left hand were black from lack of blood
.As the days went by little
by little he got better ,finally after nearly a month in the ICU he
finally got to go to the playroom
he was so happy and excited
He continued to get stronger
and better the doctor after 6 weeks the doctor felt he was well enough
to leave the ICU but
he had along road ahead of
him, He spent four more months in the hospital during that time he had
operations he lost most of
his fingers on his left hand, his right foot,
They worked with him every
day in therapy to help him get stronger.
After he was well enough to
leave the hospital he continued to get therapy every week
each week he got
stronger , stronger
Until he was able to stand on his own ., He was
able to run dance jump and after two years he was discharged
But just a few months later
the doctors discovered he was having problems with the growth plates in
his angle and arm.
They already did surgery on
his leg, He is back in therapy
Will be having surgery on
his left arm this coming week.....
Through it all he has been
so brave ,so strong ..a real champion, He has been a inspiration to
Thanks for your continued
thoughts and prayers!!
UPDATE: Also would
like to update a little He is still getting therapy for his left
leg they started electro therapy on him. to help his legs get stronger.
He now has to wear a brace at night to help get his leg straight.
Thanks for all
your prayers and kindness
Write Brandon's Mom, Diane
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The song playing is at Brandon's request "Drifting