EDMOND – An Edmond dance school host dance-a-thon fundraiser for sick infant.
Baby Elijah’s eyes light up when his sisters Saree and Desaree play with him; their laughter is music to his ears.
It’s moments like that his family is fighting for. Johnny and Lisa Crawford says their 10 month old was born with VACTERL association, the acronym for Vertebral anomalies, Anal atresia, Cardiac defects, Tracheoesophageal fistula and/or Esophageal atresia, Renal anomalies and Limbdefects.
The condition includes a host of medical aliments including limb abnormalities, extra ribs and being born with several holes in his heart. Lisa was pregnant with triplets, but Elijah is the only one who made it. When the anesthesiologist came to us and basically explained that we might not be holding our baby again because he’s not going to make it with his abnormalities, it was heartbreaking.”
“When he was two days old he had a seven and a half hour surgery and he made it through. Every few hours he gets several cc-s of different types of medications,” said Johnny. Elijah is also attached to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day. The Crawford’s have to haul around three of them every time they leave the house just to make sure the have enough.
“I thought it would get easier over time but every time they take him back to the hospital it gets very difficult,” said Lisa. But that’s where his big sisters come in. With the help of their friends at Star Steps dance studio in Edmond, they decided to host a fundraiser to buy baby Elijah a new state of the art oxygen tank. That would make trips outside the home a little more manageable.
And the dance troop moved for hours trying to raise $5,000 needed for the new machine. Elijah grooved to the music too. Afterwards he was pooped, but his family was grateful.
For more information on the fundraiser, visit Facebook.com/prayersforanangel page.