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NTAF South-Atlantic Brain Injury Fund
[Story Provided by Aiden W. Wright's Mother Erin Wright]
Aidan Wright was your typical toddler: curious, inquisitive, playful, and fun. He loved to play with his toys and give hugs and kisses to everyone he met. He literally didn’t know a stranger.All that changed on February 16, 2008 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a near-drowning accident he suffered at his birthday party.
He got away from family who were at the house and was found face-down in his grandfather’s pond. I saw Aidan in the pond when we started looking around once we realized that he was missing. When I found him, I immediately ran down to the edge of the pond and jumped in to get him out. His Nana, who is a Registered Nurse, began CPR immediately while I called 911.
It only took three minutes for the first responders to arrive and take over. The paramedics worked on Aidan at the scene, intubated him and continued to try and get a pulse. They did not get a pulse on Aidan until about 40-45 minutes later after they arrived at the ER. Once at the hospital the initial blood work showed that Aidan's blood was extremely acidic. He also had severe hypothermia from his time in the 45° water. We were told to prepare for the worst, because the doctors on duty did not expect Aidan to survive.
We made it through the first hours, getting him warmed slowly, until he became fevered from developing pneumonia. As a result, Aidan was kept in a medically induced coma for several days. Initial EEGs showed very slow brain activity and some seizures, while CT scans showed a little swelling. An initial MRI showed very little damage to his brain.
After several more EEGs and MRIs, it was found that Aidan was no longer having seizures and showing more brain activity, but his brain had shrunk somewhat and the areas that initially looked hypoxic infarcted on the second MRI, causing a stroke in Aidan's midbrain (basal ganglia) area. This causes him to have what are known as "sympathetic neuro-storms".
Aidan spent 40 days at the Pediatric ICU of Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord, NC. He was then transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC where he received physical, occupational and speech therapy for three weeks. Aidan was released from the hospital on April 17, 2008; two months and a day after his accident. He currently continues to receive nursing care at home, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapies. After almost three years, he has made a lot of progress, but there is still much that needs to be done.
To assist with the immense challenge of financing uninsured therapies and other injury-related expenses, a fundraising campaign has been established with the NTAF Catastrophic Injury Program. NTAF is a nonprofit organization that assists people needing organ/tissue transplants or having experienced catastrophic injuries. All contributions are administered by NTAF exclusively for injury-related expenses. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
To make an offline contribution to this fundraising campaign:
* Make checks payable to: NTAF South-Atlantic Brain Injury Fund
* Note in memo section: In Honor of Aidan Wright Mail to:
150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087
* For secure credit card donations:
Call 800-642-8399 or click the "CONTRIBUTE NOW" button.
Family and friends are also planning a series of community events to benefit Aidan. We can use your time, energy and creativity in any and every way. Please call or email me with any questions, to volunteer your time or to request additional information.
Thank you for your interest in my son, as well as your continued support and prayers.
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For more information, please contact NTAF at 800-642-8399.
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