Meet Grant. He is happy, fun-loving, mischevious, silly and strong!
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Grant lives with Spina Bifida. The type he has is Myelomeningocele and it affects the L3 area of his spine. Spina bifida (Latin: “split spine”) is a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. Some vertebrae overlying the spinal cord are not fully formed and remain unfused and open. Learn more about spina bifida at http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/tc/spina-bifida-topic-overview
At 19 weeks pregnant, Steve & Kalyn learned their third son (baby Grant) had Spina Bifida. They quickly had to do some research and make some decisions on how to begin treatment. Steve & Kalyn agreed that in-utero surgery to close Grant’s spine was the best option for their unborn son. This surgery took them away from their other two young boys and out of state to Houston Medical Center. The surgery was performed at 26 weeks gestation. After months of bed rest Kalyn successfully delivered Grant nearly a month premature on June 25, 2013. Grant from the very beginning has been blessed with an extremely loving family, supportive friends and a whole team of talented doctors and nurses.
Grant is 2 years old and a fun, sweet loving boy. He has two older brothers that adore him. Grant is hitting milestones and growing! He has undergone several leg casting treatments and has worn braces for his corrected club feet. He sees the neurologist, physical therapist, occupational and speech therapists as well a urologist on a regular basis. He is showing the world how strong he is but the family continues to ask for your prayers and support. Grant’s journey continues. He will continue to need several medical evaluations and therapies throughout the years. Your emotional and financial support is so important to the Gillespie family.
They are so happy that they are able to “pay it forward” to other families with children with Spina Bifida. The non-profit continues to grow and we are blessed that helping these families is possible with Grant’s name in mind.
Thank you all again for the love and support!
Steve, Kalyn, Colin & Andrew & Grant