The Tragic Event
On Mother’s Day, 2012, Dylan suffered from a severe asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest and the loss of oxygen in her brain. Although Dylan survived the incident, her brain was severely damaged. She was diagnosed with an anoxic brain injury and is now at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, New York in constant care.
After the Accident
Unfortunately, Dylan has not gained any control of her extremities since the accident. She cannot see or speak, she is fed through feeding tubes and she breaths through a tracheotomy tube. She requires 24-hour hospital and nursing care, with someone constantly at her side. Fortunately, Dylan has responded well to the treatment provided at the Pediatric Center. She loves music therapy as well as treatment that allows her to interact with other children. Most importantly, she loves being with her mom, family and friends whenever possible. Even with her severe disability, Dylan is a kind, fun-loving child who enjoys every second of her life.
The Road Ahead
Dylan’s family has contacted Dr. Chris Hansis, a doctor at NYU Langone Medical Center, to help her search for a cure for both asthma and Dylan’s anoxic brain injury. Unfortunately, the research is very costly and Dylan’s family cannot support the cost alone. Any contribution that you make will help Dylan and other children suffering from asthma. Donations are greatly appreciated! Your donation will help both Dylan and her family overcome the physical, emotional, and financial challenges ahead.
A Message from Mom
“I miss her most in the morning. I miss her smile, her laugh, her hug, making her oatmeal, telling her to remember to brush her teeth, asking her if she finished her Life's Work, asking her to check if I signed her Reading Log. Deciding together if we should take the train, the bus or if we're running late, a cab to school. Watching her run down the block with her fellow scholars to the line. Giving her a kiss before I head back home to start work. I miss everything about her.
Dylan is my joy. She's my joy and provides joy to so many others. From the bus drivers to a train's conductor, to the people we see during our daily commute, Dylan's presence touches everyone. She's kind, witty, observant, inquisitive, considerate, caring and loving. And, yes, I'm her mother so I'm biased, but ask any family, friends or the teachers she's had in her 7 year old life and you'll hear similar sentiments.” –Dyan