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FENTRESS COUNTY CHILD DEFEATING THE ODDS IN BATTLE WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS

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A 3-year-old Fentress County child is beating the odds in his battle with health problems. Owen Davidson is the son of Rodney and Crystal Davidson. Owen and his twin sister Shelby were born October 20, 2014. When he was born, he was having a hard time breathing. Owen was sent to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, a heart condition. Then as days passed, doctors told Owen’s parents he had an intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) grade 3 on the left and grade 4 on the right brain. A VP shunt was placed in a surgery and Owen came home after a 40-day stay at the hospital. Another blow came over a year later when at 15 months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. A third blow came when 18-month-old Owen required emergency surgery to replace the malfunctioning VP shunt. He was allowed to return home after being in the hospital for a few weeks.

Owen has had other surgeries but he is a true fighter. He always keeps a smile on his face and is an inspiration. In January of this year, Owen was selected from Tennessee as a 2018 National Ambassador for Hydrocephalus Awareness. This “Little Superman” has beaten many odds and has equipment for everyday life he can not even use because there just is not enough room for it. His family is now trying to raise money for construction of an additional room in their home where Owen’s equipment can be stored. The room will also be beneficial in assisting him with therapy with the equipment. So far the family has raised over $3,000, which will be matched by two foundations. The family got two quotes for the addition. The cheaper quote came in at $26,000, but it will be adequate for what Owen needs to have in the room. The family is requesting help for their brave child. To donate, go to the following GoFundMe site set up: https://www.gofundme.com/5l9qtlk


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