On May 27, 2012, Reagan had his first seizure; he was just 4 years old. His family sought treatment for his seizures, but medications didn’t work, and it got to the point where Reagan was having dozens of seizures a day. That’s when his family brought him from his home in Dallas to the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
On July 10, he underwent brain surgery. The seizures stopped, but the surgery left him with hemiplegia — weakness in his right leg, arm and hand as a result of damage to his brain.
Soon after, Reagan began extensive physical and occupational therapy. Progress was tough at first, but Reagan never gave up. And neither did his family nor the wonderful care team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On Aug. 11, Reagan was able to return home to Dallas, where he continued working with dedicated therapists there.
His progress was amazing: By August he was walking almost unassisted, and by September he was walking like a champ. He started taking on stairs and even running by November. Pretty soon, he was writing, climbing around a playground and coloring, and by spring, he was riding a bike and practicing karate. Today, he continues physical and occupational therapy six times a week, working to improve his strength and movement.
Reagan was able to receive the care he did, and his family has been able to watch him grow and enjoy being a kid, because of the lifesaving work done each and every day here at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This work wouldn’t be possible without our generous supporters. Please consider making a donation today to support the Barrow Neurological Institute or to other Phoenix Children’s programs.