Meet Carson: 2021 Family Advocacy Week Champion
Carson is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from June 13-18, 2021. Through this event, Carson and his family will discuss his health journey, Children’s Wisconsin’s role in providing him with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of patients like Carson.
When Carson was 14 years old, he attempted to take his own life. He was found alive and airlifted to Children’s Hospital Wisconsin.
Initially, Carson needed immediate, lifesaving care including a tracheotomy and assistance breathing with a ventilator. As he stabilized, Carson required several more surgeries and regular sessions with his psychologist, psychiatrist and occupational, physical and speech therapists.
“When we knew Carson was going to survive, we understood that his care would be extensive and ongoing,” says Amber, Carson’s mother.
Carson was diagnosed with PTSD, depression and anxiety. In June 2019, Carson had his trach removed and in February 2021 he had his g-tube removed after a total of 13 surgeries. He still goes to therapy on a regular basis and has several more surgeries ahead of him.
Currently, Carson is doing very well both mentally and physically. He has spent the last 9 months advocating for mental health and suicide awareness. He was also able to play football and run track this year, before graduating high school in May 2021.