Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

January 18, 2011

Creed Campbell continues to fight

AMERICUS — According to Jean Dunn, six-year-old Creed Campbell’s maternal grandmother, her grandson has “shown tremendous improvement in the last 24 hours with his oxygen levels.”

Creed has spent most of his young life in hospitals due to the effects of a chronic illness that he has been experiencing since birth. The condition, known as monosomy 7/myelodysplasia, a condition in which the seventh chromosome is missing from an individual’s genetic construction, has compromised Creed’s immune and adrenal systems.

Last year when he underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egelston, he responded positively and his blood analysis figures continue to show that the procedure was a success, according to Dunn. She said that recently Creed has been on an “oscillator like” ventilator called a high-flow nasal canula.

“His little lungs are just so sick,” Dunn said Tuesday in a phone interview.  “They are keeping him on it to allow his lungs to heal.”

She said that Creed has had two hemorrhages in his lungs and has suffered another lung complication that doctors were unable to identify.

“The doctors told us Saturday that it will be up to Creed’s body,” Dunn said.

Creed’s mother Stephanie Campbell and the rest of the family endured a difficult Christmas, which was  just a few weeks after Creed’s sixth birthday. According to Dunn, Creed was able to leave the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on Christmas Eve, but had to return on Christmas Day.

However, Dunn said that Creed was able to enjoy the gifts brought by Santa Claus, and the family was able to share the moment with him. Stephanie reported in her blog that the events of Christmas Eve were disappointing and explained that it was Creed’s difficulty breathing that took them back to the PICU. That night his lungs hemorrhaged. Stephanie described the turn of events as heartbreaking and said that she spent the night sleeping at the foot of her son’s bed. Above all, she was thankful that she was able to see Creed open his gifts.

Dunn said that in order for Creed’s lungs to heal, doctors have to give him medicine to keep him in a comatose state most of the time, but he has recently been taken off of paralytic medicine and can communicate in various ways. She said that he loves to have “bisitors,” (his word for visitors.)

“We’re sitting in God’s hands right now,” said Dunn.

As Creed continues to fight, his family patiently awaits his recovery and hopes for a normal and healthy life for him. Dunn said that she, Stephanie and the rest of the family are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers and support for Creed.

She said that as part of Creed’s recovery from the bone marrow transplant, he is given blood platelets every two or three days and he needs blood frequently as well.

“If anyone one wants to donate to the Red Cross in Creed’s name, it would be appreciated,” Dunn said. “And he loves to get mail,” she added.

There are other ways that those who want to support Creed can contribute, according to Dunn. The family has a “prayer pager” that was given to them by First Baptist Church of Americus. She explains that every time someone prays for Creed they can call a number designated to prayers for the child. That number is 229-931-1642.

A family friend, April Duke of Americus, has also designed t-shirts that can be purchased to support Creed and his family as they face many expenses such as travel to Egelston and staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The “King Creed” shirts feature the slogan “praying for Creed to infinity and beyond” which was inspired by Creed’s favorite cartoon character, Buzz Lightyear. Requests for the shirts can be sent to the email address, creedershirts@gmail.com.

Letters to Creed Campbell can be sent to CHOA at Egelston, 1405 Clifton Road N.E., Room 4111, Atlanta GA  30307. To read Stephanie Campbell’s blog visit www.creedsstory.wordpress.com

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