Brendan and Arielle Salmon are twins that were born through C-section at 36 weeks due to a difficult pregnancy. At 26 weeks the doctors detected that Brendan’s growth was not progressing at a normal rate and was starving in utero. The Salmons made the difficult decision to go through with a premature delivery in order to do what was best for Brendan. Arielle came out healthy, but Brendan came out not breathing, weighing less 2Lbs. 14oz.and was in the NCIU until he was considered healthy and diagnosed with Inter Uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR).
The Salmons knew that Brendan would be developmentally delayed in all areas and were worried they would have a hard time finding the help they needed. “From the minute we walked into Jawonio, we knew this was the place for Brendan,” says their mother. He started at Early Intervention at 2-years-old, receiving speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy, as well as care in the Audiology Department once it was detected that Brendan had mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears.
The Salmons continued to use Jawonio’s services throughout the years and have become close with the staff. “Having a child with disabilities has changed our lives for the better. Brendan has taught us what the meaning of life is through his struggles,” says their mother. Brendan and Arielle are now 18-years-old, entering a new stage of their lives. The Salmons are continuing to receive support from Jawonio to make sure that Brendan gets the proper guidance at this point in his life. Without Jawonio’s Early Intervention services, Brendan would not have received the care and attention that he needed early in his life. Help Jawonio continue to provide better futures to young children with special needs by donating today!