Small boy with hydrocephalus makes a remarkable recovery
When Ryan and Crysie Grelecki held their joyously awaited son Parker in their arms after his birth, they had to swallow hard. Instead of feeling joy, they instantly began to worry.
Parker was born with a combination of craniosynostosis (ossification of the cranial seams) and hydrocephalus (also known as "water on the brain"). As a result, his brain was only taking up 5% of his skull, whereas in normal newborns, it fills 90 to 95%.
A few days after his birth, Parker had to be operated on. The doctors suctioned the excess spinal fluid from his skull and after two weeks, his parents were able to bring him home. Four weeks later, he began physiotherapy.
His mother Crysie explained that it was a long time before Parker could sit up and hold his head up. Because of this he completely missed the crawling phase and went straight to walking. It was a bumpy start, but he was a real fighter and managed to overcome his condition one step at a time.
After a series of surgeries to remove the fluid in his cranium, Parker began to develop normally. His head is now normal size and his brain function is perfectly normal for a child his age.
Ryan and Crysie have come to love the team at their children's hospital in Atlanta. Doctors, nurses, and therapists have taken such good care of Parker, it's as if he were a member of their own family. "He is truly a very brave child. He has been through so much. He has always had a smile on this face," said Dr. Andrew Reisner, Director of Neuro Trauma at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
After only 20 months, Parker was a little "chatterbox" who had a real zest for life. He is full of energy and enjoys the wonderful support of his family.
You can watch Parker's amazing story in this video...
It's so uplifting to see how a seemingly hopeless case can take such a good turn with the help of love and modern medicine!