Meet Cameron: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion
Cameron is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Cameron and his family will discuss his health journey, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s role in providing Cameron with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like him.
At birth, Cameron had difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome and hypoxia.
“With Cameron, my world stopped,” says Tomeka, Cameron’s mother. “I had to somehow live in the moment at his bedside and still be mom to his two older siblings. Each day focused on him improving.”
Cameron’s recovery required brain surgery, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and several other treatments. After discharge, he was closely followed by specialists for a year to make sure he healed properly.
“He has been fortunate not to have had any hospital visits in a few years,” says Tomeka.
Currently, Cameron is doing well. He has dealt with speech and cognitive setbacks, but speech therapy and an IEP ease any difficulties.