“He has been a true hero in my eyes. He never gives up and always pushes himself to reach his goals,”– Brandon’s Child Life Specialist
One typical day Brandon began to show a sign of what anyone with a common cold may have – a stuffy nose. But what seemed very common, quickly turned into something very rare when Brandon suddenly lost movement in his right arm and leg. His parents took him to the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System as they knew something was not right. After many invasive tests, the CDC has diagnosed his condition as Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a very rare condition that attacks the spinal cord.
Since the diagnosis, Brandon and his dad had to temporarily move to Atlanta in order to receive intense treatment and therapy for this rare condition. The hospital staff was completely amazed by the way he faced the new challenges in his life. “They want to hire him and keep him!” said Brandon’s dad who is very proud of him and told Kids Wish Network about the staff’s reaction to Brandon’s strength and bravery. Rather than focusing on his own struggles during physical therapy sessions, he encouraged the other children in the room who were receiving therapy around him to keep going.
Even though Brandon was separated from his home and family, he continued to work hard and stay caught up on his schooling. His teacher would send homework to him and Face Time him to work together on his schooling. His school is really looking forward to having him back in class soon.
After nearly four long months of being away from his two brothers, his mother, and his home, he finally headed home permanently, just in time to be together to celebrate the holidays.
Although Brandon is still in a wheelchair, he is determined to work very hard to gain more mobility and conquer this very rare condition.
It is with great pride that we honor Brandon’s strength by recognizing him as Kids Wish Network’s along with Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Brandon!