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The Adams Family

Sep 29, 2013 04:26PM ● By Anonymous

Photo courtesy of Jayne Erickson Photography

By Kami Adams

What happened to Zach?

Zach was a micro-preemie at birth, weighing 1.5 pounds and only 11 inches long. After a long stay in the NICU at Sanford Hospital, he received numerous therapies through Sanford, Children’s Care, and the Sioux Falls School District. He continued to receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. While his development was delayed, he was able to walk, talk and play with other seven-year-olds.

In the summer of 2011, Zach unexpectedly got a bacterial infection. The theory is that the infection worked its way into his brain and triggered a stroke. The stroke severely affected the right side of his body. Luckily it did not significantly affect his speech, but it did affect his right arm, hand and leg. He is now able to walk with the assistance of a walker and is learning to write with his left hand. He attends therapy twice a week at Children’s Care and also receives therapy through the Sioux Falls School District.

Now nine years old, Zach enjoys playing with his five-year-old sister, Emma, and his almost two-year-old brother, Mason. Zach also enjoys attending school and continues to work hard in therapy so that he may again walk someday without a walker.

What has helped with Zach’s recovery?

Zach’s positive attitude and hard work has definitely aided him in his recovery. Even after a long day at school he puts forth the effort in his therapy sessions. His sister attends physical therapy sessions with him at Children’s Care and encourages him during his sessions. The therapists at Children’s Care, and through the Sioux Falls School District, have been a joy to work with and continue to help him in his recovery.

In addition to Zach’s mom and dad working with him at home each day, the strong support system Zach receives from his family has helped him reach each milestone as he recovers.

What are your favorite things to do as a family?

As a family there are many things we like to do. We enjoy going to the zoo a few times a year, taking a trip up to the Children's Museum in Brookings and attending Twins games. We usually plan our vacations around cities that have Major League baseball stadiums. Our goal is to visit all of them.

One of our favorite things to do now is go on bike rides. We found a used WIKE bike trailer for Zach to ride in. A WIKE is a bigger bike trailer made for child of Zach’s size. The day we got the WIKE, if you could have seen the look on Zach's face, your heart would have melted. He couldn't wait for Daddy to get the trailer hooked up to his bike so we could go on a ride.