While waiting for open-heart surgery as an infant, Webb went into cardiac arrest. CPR was applied for 70 grueling minutes until his heart began to beat again. Doctors were able to revive Webb, but the damage to his brain was done. This is his story.
"[When] I looked up, I noticed that Leila was blue. I ran over and yelled 'She's blue!' I hollered at the nurse to start CPR but the nurse just froze and kept repeating 'wake up' to Leila," Toula Porter says of the moment her daughter suffered an anoxic brain injury.
14-year-old Tyler was coming home from his job on a nearby farm riding his 3-wheeler, when he was hit head on by an oncoming vehicle. Not much is known about the actual impact, but it's obvious a lot of miracles took place in that moment, not the least of which is Tyler still being alive today.
Carter Fowler was shaken by his biological father at only 5 weeks of age. While his father received a 32 year prison sentence, Carter received a life sentence worth of brain injuries.
On March 22, 2016, Emma and Richard welcomed their only child into their lives, a baby boy named Liam. After a normal and healthy pregnancy doctors never predicted what would happen shortly after their sweet son entered this world.
Holton's Heroes sponsored three special needs campers to attend the 2017 summer session of Camp Cranium—a camp dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind experience for children with brain injuries.
It wasn't long after Owen was born that he was airlifted to the nearest NICU in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where doctors determined he had bleeding in his brain. While the bleeding and the stroke fortunately left Owen physically capable, it all but destroyed his speech and language.
In the fall of 2016, we received a message from Tessa's mother Jan explaining the extraordinary circumstances that brought this family together.
Wyatt is the fourth of five children in Pastor Brad and Abby Zachritz's home in sunny Florida. It's a household filled with love, passion, and faith — incredible family traits that would be suddenly put to the test one tragic afternoon in 2014.
Aleena was without oxygen during her birth which caused Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and eventually lead to her being diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy.