When Dennis or “DJ” was born, his body was blue and his heart was facing the wrong direction, making it nearly impossible for him to survive. DJ would need to be resuscitated and taken into emergency surgery. During the surgery, he suffered a stroke. These things all occurred within the first four hours of his birth. Four days later he returned to the hospital for another surgery; this one to move his heart back into the correct position. Although the heart surgery was thought to be a success, DJ was unfortunately still having an average of 100 seizures a day. He was then diagnosed with epilepsy, a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures. DJ has had a section of the left side of his brain removed and is seeing improvement in the amount of seizures he is experiencing.
After also being diagnosed with cerebral palsy, DJ now wears a brace on his left hand and braces on both legs to help him walk. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture.
Despite all that DJ has gone through in his life thus far, he still remains brave and tough and tries to make the best of his situation. He loves to watch movies, but his all-time favorite thing to do is listening to upbeat music. DJ is a huge fan of all things Disney. He has always really enjoyed the various Disney movies and shows because they make him smile.
Kids Wish Network knows the perfect place to send DJ and is hard at work planning a dream of a lifetime for him; make sure to stay up to date on all of the details of his wish!