Three-year-old Logan Keith of Akron continues to amaze his doctors and family with his miraculous recovery from a devastating brain injury.
“Medically, they can’t explain his recovery. His doctors didn’t expect him to live,” said Logan’s mom, Laura, noting that her son’s pupils were fully dilated for 7 days straight while his intracranial pressure remained dangerously high.
Not only has Logan survived, he continues to thrive more than 1 year later.
Shortly after he was admitted to Akron Children’s Hospital, Logan underwent an emergency craniotomy to insert a VP shunt to relieve the swelling and fluid that was building in his brain.
He spent the next 3 months at Akron Children’s, including 2 months in the pediatric ICU.
After that, he spent 2 more months in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, followed by intensive rehabilitation 5 days a week in Akron Children’s Day Rehabilitation program.
Through this program Logan received all-day therapy for 2 months, but would return to his home every evening to be with his family, which also includes his 13-year-old sister, Lauren.
Through it all, Laura relied on her faith and the support she received from the staff in Akron Children’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center.
“I prayed a lot and just put it on God,” she said.
One of the first staff members she met from palliative care was social worker, Denise Powers Fabian, who was not only a great source of comfort, but also helped Laura with practical issues, such as applying for a leave of absence from her job so she could stay near her son.
“Denise was awesome and really helped me get through what was an emotionally overwhelming and difficult time,” said Laura.
A child life specialist from the center helped Lauren understand what was going on with her baby brother, in terms she could understand.
At this point, Laura also met the center’s palliative care doctors who were part of Logan’s care team in the ICU. They helped Laura make difficult medical decisions regarding his care and made sure her concerns were addressed.
Although Logan’s condition improved, his prognosis still remained grim.
“He was expected to have major disabilities and we weren’t sure if he’d ever be able to walk or talk again, or even be able to breathe on his own,” said Laura.
Once again, Logan has defied the odds. He continues to receive outpatient physical therapy at Akron Children’s once a week. He’s able to walk, although he has some muscle stiffness that affects his gait.
He now attends an integrated preschool with other children who have special needs, along with those whose development is on track.
Since Logan has begun attending preschool, Laura has seen significant progress in her son. He laughs, plays, loves to cuddle, and is learning new words. He also has the twinkle in his eyes that Laura remembers.
“I have my boy back,” she said.
Logan still has the VP shunt, so he continues to see the pediatric neurosurgeons at Akron Children’s, as well as specialists in neurology, physiatry and ophthalmology, in addition to his weekly physical therapy sessions.
The palliative care staff also continues to assist the Keith family with their ongoing needs, including coordinating Logan’s medical care and helping Laura identify other resources that are available for her son.
When the Keiths were living in a small, 2-bedroom apartment, Denise helped Laura find a nice, 3-bedroom home for her family.
“They’ve been there to help me every step of the way, especially when I didn’t know where to turn,” Laura said.