Breakthrough Therapies Provided  through Grants from Oxford Kids Foundation

Four-month-old Nathan Major was at the babysitter’s house when suddenly he went stiff, then limp, and was barely breathing. He was rushed to the hospital and given emergency brain surgery. Nathan
hadsufferedfrom a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with cortical vision impairment making him legally blind with global brain damage, hydrocephalus, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. That was Aug. 8, 2012.

 Doctors had little hope for what Nathan’s future would hold. They said he would never be able to even hold his head up or sit up on his own. Nathan did traditional PT/OT (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy) for a year before they released him with failure to progress, a nice way of saying he will not improve even with therapy. Additionally, Nathan was taking two high dose seizure medications to control his epilepsy.

However, Nathan’s family was determined to find some way to help their son. Fortunately, they came across Oxford Recovery Center who shared with them the Oxford Kids Foundation and were overjoyed when they learned they were awarded a grant. Without it, the family would not have been able to afford the therapies Nathan urgently needed. They immediately began treating Nathan with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Suit Therapy/Neuro Physical Therapy at the Oxford Recovery Center.

Nathan’s progress was immediate and profound! He began making movements and extensions that amazed his therapists and after just 6 months, doctors began weaning Nathan off his seizure medication. Within a year, he was able to hold his head up, sit on his own, play, talk more, and he had major vision improvements. Doctors were amazed when they saw Nathan passing milestones that they said would never happen.

Fast-forward almost four years to today and Nathan is continuing his treatments, and continuing to amaze everyone around him. He pulls himself to stand and walks with support. He laughs, plays with family and friends, feeds himself and talks more and more every day. Perhaps most encouraging is that Nathan has been seizure-free and off all seizure medication for nearly three years.

Nathan has done numerous rounds of HBOT and Suit Therapy each year for the last three years. Each Suit Therapy session lasts three hours and HBOT is about 90 minutes in length. Nathan also does therapies outside of the Oxford Recovery Center and is now enrolled in school. His parents do an amazing job of making sure Nathan gets to all his therapies while also keeping up with the activities of their other four children. 

Unfortunately, his father is not working in order to take Nathan and his siblings to the many places they need to be. The limitations on the family income are significant and despite Nathan’s amazing gains, he will continue to need treatment throughout his life.

 Nathan is just one of the amazing kids that the Oxford Kids Foundation has been able to help. However, the Foundation needs your support to continue providing grants for these kids to receive the therapies that they need. Visit their website or Facebook page to see the numerous ways you can donate.

Oxford Kids Foundation
21800 Pontiac Trl., Ste. 300
South Lyon, MI 48178
248.486.3636
www.oxfordkidsfoundation.org
https://www.facebook.com/OxfordKidsFoundation/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Major at 5 months

 

 

 Breakthrough Therapies Provided

through Grants from Oxford Kids Foundation

 

Four-month-old Nathan Major was at the babysitter’s house when suddenly he went stiff, then limp, and was barely breathing. He was rushed to the hospital and given emergency brain surgery. Nathan hadsufferedfrom a traumatic brain injury and was diagnosed with cortical vision impairment making him legally blind with global brain damage, hydrocephalus, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. That was Aug. 8, 2012.

 

 

Doctors had little hope for what Nathan’s future would hold. They said he would never be able to even hold his head up or sit up on his own. Nathan did traditional PT/OT (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy) for a year before they released him with failure to progress, a nice way of saying he will not improve even with therapy. Additionally, Nathan was taking two high dose seizure medications to control his epilepsy.

 

 

However, Nathan’s family was determined to find some way to help their son. Fortunately, they came across Oxford Recovery Center who shared with them the Oxford Kids Foundation and were overjoyed when they learned they were awarded a grant. Without it, the family would not have been able to afford the therapies Nathan urgently needed. They immediately began treating Nathan with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Suit Therapy/Neuro Physical Therapy at the Oxford Recovery Center.

 

 

Nathan’s progress was immediate and profound! He began making movements and extensions that amazed his therapists and after just 6 months, doctors began weaning Nathan off his seizure medication. Within a year, he was able to hold his head up, sit on his own, play, talk more, and he had major vision improvements. Doctors were amazed when they saw Nathan passing milestones that they said would never happen.

 

 

Fast-forward almost four years to today and Nathan is continuing his treatments, and continuing to amaze everyone around him. He pulls himself to stand and walks with support. He laughs, plays with family and friends, feeds himself and talks more and more every day. Perhaps most encouraging is that Nathan has been seizure-free and off all seizure medication for nearly three years.

 

 

Nathan has done numerous rounds of HBOT and Suit Therapy each year for the last three years. Each Suit Therapy session lasts three hours and HBOT is about 90 minutes in length. Nathan also does therapies outside of the Oxford Recovery Center and is now enrolled in school. His parents do an amazing job of making sure Nathan gets to all his therapies while also keeping up with the activities of their other four children. 

 

 

Unfortunately, his father is not working in order to take Nathan and his siblings to the many places they need to be. The limitations on the family income are significant and despite Nathan’s amazing gains, he will continue to need treatment throughout his life.

 

 

 Nathan is just one of the amazing kids that the Oxford Kids Foundation has been able to help. However, the Foundation needs your support to continue providing grants for these kids to receive the therapies that they need. Visit their website or Facebook page to see the numerous ways you can donate.

 

Oxford Kids Foundation
21800 Pontiac Trl., Ste. 300
South Lyon, MI 48178 
248.486.3636 
www.oxfordkidsfoundation.org
https://www.facebook.com/OxfordKidsFoundation/