Jeremy's Story

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Every parent wants the best for their child but what if you were told that your child would not survive? How hard would it be to go on and put on a happy face? It's a real life scenario for one Rockford family who doesn’t take anything for granted.

It’s baby’s first birthday a day that the Law family never thought they'd have.

Patricia Law, Jeremy’s mother says, "He could live to be 2, 3 or 100 years we don't know so everyday is precious to our family."

Jeremy Law was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. Jeremy's mother, Patricia, had complications during his birth. A placenta abruption meant Jeremy was without oxygen until they took him via c-section. It's hard to imagine that this little boy has a trach, feeding tube, and he can't suck or swallow.

Patricia tells 23 News, "What other parents take for granted is a blessing to us. If we get a half smile or if he raises his arms."

Just last night Jeremy’s family raced him to the hospital because he wasn't breathing right. But that trip was a sign of how strong Jeremy is.

Patricia stated that, "This is the first time he went and was released. We were like how are we going to stay here for your first birthday?"

This is a new year that is going to be filled with new treatment. In January, Jeremy will undergo 40 oxygen treatments for an hour a day.

Patricia explains the treatment as, “It's a chamber sealed below sea level where he will receive 100% oxygen to hopefully wake-up the neurons."

This wouldn't have happened without your help. Last month's fundraiser raised $8,300 which was enough to pay for one round of treatment.

You'll be seeing this little face since 23 News will be following Jeremy to Chicago to get that special oxygen treatment. Another fundraiser is going to be held next summer since Jeremy needs another round of treatments. If you would like to learn more about Jeremy just go to the website www.jeremylaw.4t.com.

A fund has been set up in Jeremy's name at Amcore bank.


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