At some point during Zachary’s infancy, his birth father picked him up and shook him, leaving him with shaken baby syndrome and hydrocephalus. Shaken baby syndrome causes many different types of injuries which range from nonspecific to obviously head trauma-related that last throughout the child’s life. This syndrome most likely caused Zachary’s hydrocephalus, also called “water on the brain.” Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, causing increased pressure within the skull. After his adoption at 5 months old, Zachary spent the first two years of his new life in and out of the hospital for numerous skull tappings and surgeries. Zach must also endure frequent CT scans and check-ups. In addition, he must receive occupational, speech and physical therapies regularly for his developmental delays.
Zach was astounded by all of the activity and fun to be had at the Walt Disney World Resort. He rode just about every ride possible and was thrilled at every turn. “Zach had such a great experience! After every ride, his famous words were ‘That was awesome!’” Zach’s wish was truly magical and something the entire family could really enjoy: “All I can say is WOW! What an awesome experience for our family.”