Ashton Aaron Helland
My name is Ashton Aaron Helland. I was born on December 16th, 2013 at 24 weeks old and I weighed 1 lb. and 3 ounces. My chances at several were very slim. The doctors told my parents that I could have several issues if I survived.
When I was born I had a PDA in my heart and the medicine they gave me fixed that, but gave me a hole in my intestines. I had to heal that on my own. At day 8 of life I began to have seizures that caused bleeding in my brain (IVH - Intraventricular hemorrhaging). After carefully watching my brain, the doctors told my parents I would need a reservoir put in to pull the fluid out of my ventricles as the communication with the nerves had been damaged from the blood. This operation took place on February 14, 2014. It was the first of 3. They next surgery was in April when they put a shunt in the left side of my brain as the reservoir was not helping the ventricles. Later at the end of April they had found the ventricles not connected and I needed another surgery to connect the two ventricles.
After my surgery on May 7th, 2014, the doctors were startled to find that I have Pulmonary Hypertension in my heart. The way they found this was by x-raying my chest to look at my lungs and they for an Echo. The doctor explained that the immaturity of my lungs and needing a vent to help me breath caused my heart to work overtime and build up pressure. My parents were told we would have to transfer hospitals from Spring Valley to Sunrise.
I arrived at Sunrise on May 29, 2014. It has been a hard start for me as my heart was very damaged. I am on 4 heart medicines, high oxygen, sedation as they had to intubate me to get the nitric oxide into my lungs. I am still having ventricle issues and have another surgery for a hernia, g-tube and possible tracheostomy. I have had a couple of Echo's since I got here and they have finally started to turn around. I am a survivor and I fought for my life everyday.
Ashton Aaron Helland
Kassidy is 18 years old and on May 19, 2011 was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor located on her brain stem and spine called a Ganglioglioma. A very rare type of tumor. Chemo & radiation would only band-aid her disease and leave her handicapped, so we have decided on an alternative treatment called Antineoplaston which has given us much better hope, but is not covered by insurance. Kassidy is a very strong and positive person!
Cheryl Kindle is a two year breast cancer survivor. She had a course of six Chemotherapy treatments, then a lumpectomy, followed by three months of radiation. This regimen was completed in September 2008. Post radiation, she experienced loss of stamina; this and the economic down turn in Las Vegas, resulted in Cheryl losing her job of 10 years, at Las Vegas Paving.
Currently, Cheryl’s primary challenge is financial with her unemployment and COBRA ending soon. Cheryl is capable of working, but has been unable to find employment. Hope 4 Lives has provided Cheryl with money to make her insurance payments.
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Pat and Terry Welsh
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