After not responding to treatment for what was diagnosed as pneumonia, Wesley was taken to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, CA on November 10, 2016 where he was found to be severely anemic. While in the ER the doctors also found Wesley had an enlarged liver and spleen. Upon discovering this, they recommended he immediately be flown to UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, CA for a blood transfusion and further evaluation.
After arriving, he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) so he could be more closely monitored due to the rapid deceleration of his vitals, difficulty breathing, severe swelling of his abdomen and face, along with unexplained bruising and excessive sweating without fever.
Friday morning Wesley had his blood transfusion and seemed to be doing a little better but as Wesley's test results started coming back his doctors prepared us for the chance that this might be a cancer of some sort that was causing these symptoms. Further tests were preformed and he was officially diagnosed with leukemia on November 11, 2016 and that leukemia was classified as childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
From here the doctors worked quickly to get him stable so he would be well enough to start his treatment.
The first step of Wesley's treatment is a surgery to put in a central line and port so his chemotherapy can be administered. During this procedure they will also do a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap to further confirm and understand the type of ALL Wesley is fighting, these tests help decide the treatment he will need. Wesley’s first surgery is scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2016. He has been fighting a fever and is in a lot of pain due to the size of his abdomen. The leukemia cells have enlarged his liver and spleen so much that they are pushing on his lungs and stomach causing difficulty breathing and lack of appetite. He also has needed 2 additional transfusions of blood cells and platelets since being here in preparation to have the surgery and to try to keep him stable. Getting him stable is important before putting him under general anesthesia but, obviously, stable is a relative term. After recovering from his first surgery, Wesley will begin his chemotherapy treatments (Day 1 and 4 are his first dosing days) followed by a repeat bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap on Day 8. His chemo will continue from this point with an additional bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap on Day 29 followed by a long road of chemo and other treatments.
Wesley has been very fortunate to be surrounded and supported by his family and amazing doctors and nurses. He has been so brave and so strong during this entire ordeal. The day he was born, his Uncle Trav said he looked like a superhero and that is exactly what he is. He is our little superhero who is fighting this cancer with everything he's got. Please keep him in your prayers.
As much as his parents appreciate the outpouring of love and support from their family and friends, they also are very overwhelmed and exhausted. They are trying to be as strong, supportive, and as present as they can be for Wesley, so please be considerate of that when contacting them via phone or text. Kind words of encouragement and support are encouraged and can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] Cyndi's sister, Brenda, is also a good resource for general information about Wesley. She can be reached at (530) 262-1985. Please feel free to share Wesley's story. Let's flood him and his family with love, support, prayers, and positive energy!
Money donated through this website will be used to help with travel expenses to and from UC Davis Children's Hospital, housing in Sacramento while Wesley is in treatment, food and parking expenses, and Wesley's medical bills.
Please check back here, as Wesley’s story will be updated as his treatment continues.
Thank you so much!!!!