Seymour family gets creative to raise money for 2-year-old near-drowning victim's medical treatment
Maddie has seen vast improvements since undergoing one round of stem cell treatment therapy.
SEYMOUR, Ind. (WDRB) -- After almost drowning last summer, Maddie Elicio was considered nearly brain dead. Since then, the toddler has gone through 40 oxygen therapy treatment, and most recently, he's had stem cell treatment therapy in Chicago.
Maddie’s home health nurse said the two-and-a-half year old has come a long way and can anticipate movement.
“Whenever you used to pick him up, you would have to pick him up like a baby, support his head, support his bottom and everything," said Mackenzie Callahan, Maddie's nurse. Now you can pick him up like a normal toddler, and his body will naturally follow."
Maddie is no longer oxygen-dependent. He can roll over, swallow on his own, smile and laugh a whole lot more. Just this week, he started using a stander to strengthen his muscles. And like a normal toddler, he makes it obvious when he likes or doesn't like something.
“He's aware of his siblings," Callahan said. "Like he likes when they get yelled at, I guess. He thinks it's funny if they get in trouble, which is hilarious."
With the vast improvements, the family wants to do another round of the stem cell treatment. The only problem is that it's not FDA approved for brain anoxic injuries and therefore not covered by insurance. A single treatment costs $12,000.
“In my opinion, it would be wrong of me not to do everything I possible could for him,” said Christeen Elicio, Maddie’s mother.
That’s why the family is holding an 80s-themed adult prom Saturday to raise money for the next round of treatment.
“I just want to give him the best chance I can,” Elicio said. “A purposeful life, a happy life for him ... I want him to be able to enjoy it.”
While nobody knows for sure what the future looks like for Maddie, his family is fighting every day to give him the opportunity to live his best life.
The 80s prom will be held at White Diamond Lavender Farms in Hope, Indiana, on Saturday. You can pre-order tickers or purchase them at the door. More details can be found here.
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