Right from birth, Blake had extra challenges. He was born with a hole in his heart and had it surgically repaired at 6 weeks old. He was also diagnosed with Down syndrome, autism, as well as being hearing impaired. Challenges kept coming. When Blake was a toddler, he became stiff when walking and was frequently falling down. Testing revealed that Blake had atlanto-axial instabilities, a separation in the spine that can originate from congenital conditions. Years later, the unthinkable happened.
The gap in Blake’s spine dangerously widened after he was hit by a car… nothing remained to hold his back in place. Blake had to wear a back brace and undergo surgery to remove 11 of his ribs and insert a rod. He lost a lot of blood, and also required a blood transfusion. After the surgery, Blake wore a halo for 8 weeks. He still tires easily from walking, and his family travels from Michigan to Philadelphia every 6 to 8 weeks for medical visits to monitor his progress.
Blake’s sunny disposition brings happiness to everyone around him. He loves singing, The Fresh Beat Band, Porsches, orange soda and especially watching his favorite superhero Henry Hart (Kid Danger) on Henry Danger.
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