Fundraiser to Help Infant Son
Support needed for brain injury operation
7/18/2018, 11:54 a.m.
Advocates for an infant son have established a gofundme account and are holding a special weekend fundraiser to help a local family raise donations to treat his debilitating brain injuries after a near drowning two years ago.
Shay Gibson said her three and a half year old son Je’Lani was born a healthy baby boy, with such a beautiful soul, always dancing and running around.
But among his love of bubbles, music and balloons, tragedy struck in the summer of 2016 when he snuck out the back door of his grandma’s house and climbed into a pool and nearly drowned.
“I was not there but when I got that call it felt like my whole life shattered. He went into cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with a hypoxic brain injury,” she said. “Je’Lani was in the hospital 6 weeks before I took him home.”
Gibson says it’s been a very tough journey. Her son still has seizures and has been admitted multiple times to the hospital because of them and for spasticity.
Since the accident, he has a tracheostomy and feeding tube installed. He cannot talk, walk or eat on his own. He has very little head control and makes little foot movements but that is all.
The hope now is to raise the money to pay for a new promising operation called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy that has helped other kids with brain injuries.
“So I am reaching out and hoping to raise money for his treatment because it is not covered through insurance and for the traveling expenses so he can get the best care,” Gibson said.
“If you are not able to donate, please share his story and keep Je’Lani in your prayers,” she said.
On Sunday, July 20, a fundraising event at the hair salon @N the Cut Style, 1430 N.E. 114th Ave. at Halsey, will offer special deals on services to raise donations for Je’Lani. Special dinners and other deals will also be offered.
Another way to donate is by going online to the fundraising account, gofundme.com/jelani-sims.