We’ve brought you several stories about Andre Carson, a once bright-eyed little boy whose life changed overnight nearly two years ago.
Andre just celebrated a big birthday.
But, when he was three-years-old his mother, Kamareia Parrish, says he caught a bad flu and it caused swelling on his brain.
“He was diagnosed with something called Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy and only given a 30 percent chance of living,” she said.
The last two years have been a tough road for the family.
“It’s been hard, especially when I see little boys playing sports, and Andre loved basketball,”
She added, “I miss chasing him around and arguing with him about brushing his teeth, I miss him saying mom.”
The family is strong and determined to recover.
But, she says her schedule is booked with his appointments everyday.
“We go to speech therapy, physical therapy,” she said about the difficulty of taking her now five-year-old to doctor appointments everyday.
“It’s starting to get difficult because he’s starting to get heavy and taller,” she said.
Her car is not equipped for Andre and his wheelchair. “I have to make sure this seat is pulled forward so that he has plenty of leg room, so it makes it hard.”
The family needs a van – a wheelchair accessible one for their long journey ahead.
“He’s much like an infant again,” she said. “So infant milestones are like what we’re working toward right now.”
The family has a GoFundMe account to help get the family a van.