Saturday, June 9, 2007

Kaleb Schwade

First let me say Kaleb is not my son. He is Kristy and Josh's son. I do not know the family at all. Im just someone that was touched by the story so I wrote about it. My daughter is 2 days younger than Kaleb.


There is a little boy named Kaleb in a Tampa FL hospital right now. Here is their story: (I didnt write it, I took it from here http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=197879646)

As told to me by Kristy. Forgive me if any details are incorrect.
Like any responsible parents, Kristy and Josh Schwade wanted what was best for their only child, Kaleb. They did a background check on their day care worker, and even interviewed her in her home for two hours. Kristy was even willing to drive 20 miles out of her way to provide, what they thought to have been, "optimum" care in a good neighborhood.
On May 9th, 2007 their worst nighmare was brought to fruition. After being in the care of this home day care worker only five times, Kaleb was picked up by his Grandmother and Aunt. They noticed that he was lethargic and experiencing obvious breathing abnormalities. The caregiver told them he was ill, but Kaleb had just visited the doctors the day before and was given a "clean bill of health". When Kristy arrived at her mother's home to pick Kaleb up, she described him as "having no life in his body". She tried repeatedly to wake him, but with no avail. She and her father got in the car and rushed to the hospital. While in the vehicle, Kristy lifted Kaleb's little eyelids. She noticed that his pupils were different sizes. Being the wife of an EMT, she knew immediately that this was the sign of a head injury- Kaleb needed IMMEDIATE care. They stopped at the nearest firestation. The ambulance took him to the nearest hospital, and he was classified as a "trauma alert". He was then life-flighted to Tampa General Hospital, and was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). He was diagnosed as having Shaken Baby Syndrome. They also discovered that he had been SMOTHERED!
Kristy is not currently working, and she and Josh spend every possible moment by their young son's side. Medical bills, cost of gas, lawyer fees (I assume they will begin building), and general living expenses are mounting.
When something happens to your child, your world STOPS. Suddenly it doesn't matter that your "roots" are growing out and you are getting split ends. It doesn't matter that your neighbor is parking his dumpy car in your parking spot. You no longer care that someone cut you off on the highway, or that someone jumps infront of you in line at the grocery store. Nothing else matters but your child.
Kaleb is their world. The doctors. The PICU. It's all that matters now.
This family is not asking for anything other than your prayers. However- PLEASE, in addition to PRAYING for this family, PLEASE consider supporting them financially. Whether you can give $1 or $10,000- no gift is too small or too large. You can ONLY be blessed by giving.
This situation has become widespread because a friend of Kristy's decided to forward her bulletin asking people to pray for the family. PLEASE support them by spreading the word about this page. The more people who are aware, the more people who have the opportunity to bless this family.
Thank you for viewing this page, and for supporting Kaleb and his family.
Oh, and many of you have been concerned whether or not the sitter has been charged. YES charges have been pressed, but she is currently out of jail on a $5,000 bond.
Below is Kristy's original bulletin posted shortly after the incident.
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Hello everyone...I write you this message in grief in faith.My son Kaleb was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room on Wed. after we picked him up from the babysitters house. At UCH they determined that Kaleb had a SubDural Hematoma (His brain is bleeding). He then was Bayflighted (helicopter) to Tampa General Hospitals Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on a Trauma Alert.Doctors determined that Kaleb was shaken while at the homecare he goes to. He is suffering from Shaking Baby Syndrome.When we first arrived at the hospital they put a pressure gage into his head to moniter the Intercranial Pressure (The pressure that the brain is under due to swelling and Bleeding). He wasn't doing too well all day yesterday, his pressure in his head was ranging between 29-40 and the normal pressure is between 5-20. So doctors decided that the best thing to do was to put a tube into his brain to drain spinal fluid from his ventricle. This procedure was a sucess and brought the pressure down.Today however, they did a Cat Scan and saw that Kaleb is now suffering from a stroke and has formed a new bleed in the brain.I beleive in Miralcles! I believe that prayer works. I am asking you, all of my friends, whether you know me well or not to PLEASE pray for my little boy Kaleb. He needs a miracle and we need your help!I know some of you may not believe in God... But he exists! And he's already performed one miracle. Please I ask you, I beg you, to Pray for my little boy and my family. He is my everything.
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Here is a link to Kristy's site http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=34091583&MyToken=b00ae3fc-b9a7-4dc4-b832-54476673cc57

I also checked this on Snopes.com and it is true. Here is the link to it http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/kalebschwade.asp

Please pray for this little guy and his family. He needs it right now! Kristy tryes to update on her myspace blog every morning.

9 comments:

Christine said...

That is just terrible! And it seems like I hear more and more stories like this lately. I will certainly pray for Kaleb and his family. I'm going now to follow the links you provided. Just so sad....

Leigh said...

I hae nothing to give but i would if i did.

michele sent me again

scrappintwinmom said...

This is just terrible. If I had anything to give I certainly would. Here via Michele.

kenju said...

So horrible. I cannot donate, but I can and will pray for them. Michele sent me.

David said...

praying

~Cathy~ said...

I just saw this story last night on another website. It just breaks my heart. :( I couldn't even begin to imagine.

Anonymous said...

There are also bracelets for sale ($5...the breakdown=$1 for the bracelet, $1 for shipping, and $3 goes to Kristy, Josh, and Kaleb...over 2,000 have been sold already...that's $6,000 for the family...a little goes a LONG way)...I pray for Kaleb SEVERAL times a day...and our prayers are working :)...God is good! Get well soon baby Kaleb...

alex k said...

Dear Tiffany
My name is Alex and i had a daughter born with a brian bleed due to the mid wife not proforming a normal procedure of a apesatomy (i have no idea how to spell that)but she didn't do that and my daughter got very sick. I remember sitting in that chiar for 23 hours a day just looking at my daughter not knowing if i was going to walk out with her or leave alone. I know the pain and suffering you are going through. all the advice i have for you is never give up they wont either. they are small but they have the hearts of giants. my daughter is now home and just celeabrated her 10 month anniversy she will soon turn one year old a day i thought we would never see. i will pray for your son and please if you ever need someone to talk to i am here. from one mom to the other hold him tight and god will hold both of you.

Trish White said...

I have never been so touched. I feel from the bottom of my heart for this family. I am a mother of two teenage girls, and a 6 mnth old son Landen, and this story is killing me inside. I haven't been able to stop crying.... my prayers to all involved. PLEASE, let everything work out for you all!