As my senior semester is slowly coming to an end I wanted to blog post to represent my experience and feelings as a whole. This has been a long journey and I begin a whole new one next fall semester in graduate school. The same can be said for Chase in this success story. He had a long journey of rehabilitation, but at the end of the day got through it and his new life began.
At the age of three Chase and his brother CJ went to Disney World with his family. During this trip, Chase became very sluggish and was just not his normal cheerful self stated his mother Chisa. During their trip, they took Chase to the emergency room where they found Chase’s blood pressure was extremely high and he was not responding to fluid given to him for dehydration. They then sent him to the hospital where they found out that he had a strain of the flu and went into septic shock. Chase suffered a brain hemorrhage as well which required emergency service and placed him in a medically induced coma.
As months went by the sepsis caused blood clotting and therefore caused the tissues in his hands and feet from not getting enough nourishment. Amputation was Chase’s’ only option and when he woke up his parents told him that we would robot hands and feet and he responded a big “OK!”. Chase went to CHOP and had daily sessions with an interdisciplinary team of occupational, physical, and speech therapists. The team took very well to his personality his mother stated. Chase spent months with ups and downs working hard on how to walk and adapt with his prosthetic. After getting accustomed tp his prosthetic legs. he was back playing sports such as track, baseball, and soccer. Now at the age of 8 Chase shows everyone that you can do anything that you set your mind to. He even participated in the 2018 Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals competition and won three gold medals in track and field. Chase has his entire life ahead of him, a quote by his mother read “Like most kids, Chase has new ideas all the time of what he hopes to be when he grows up,” says Chisa. “One day it’s a teacher, and the next it’s an athlete. Chase is here with us for a reason, and we can’t wait to see what life has in store for him!”