“Peyton McCarthy is a 3-year old miracle.”
Peyton McCarthy is a 3-year old miracle. Peyton and his twin brother, Kyle, were born at just 28 weeks, 5 days due to complications mom Nichole experienced with the medical condition pre-eclampsia. Peyton weighed 2lbs 5oz and Kyle weighed 2lbs 3oz at birth. Both babies were found to have patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a congenital disorder in which part of their hearts weren’t closed yet. Doctors tried to fix the PDA with 2 rounds of Indocin. It worked for Kyle, but not for Peyton.
At two weeks old, Peyton got really sick with necrotizing entercolitis. He was intubated and then required bowel surgery but his small body couldn’t handle such a procedure until his heart was fixed and he reached at least 4 pounds. Peyton was transferred to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for his heart surgery. These traumatic events made Nichole and husband Martin realize they needed to move from Phoenix back home to Cleveland, Ohio in order to have the full support of family and friends during such a trying time.
Thus far in his young life, Peyton has experienced extended stays in hospitals in Arizona and Ohio, suffered 3 seizures, and undergone 8 surgeries. Peyton has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, reflux, PVL, short gut, and global developmental delay. Peyton continues to have many doctor visits and therapy sessions. Nichole and Martin continue to make enormous sacrifices and do what is necessary to take care of Peyton, Kyle, and their two older sisters, Caitlin and Kenzie but continued hospital visits result in mounting medical bills and care needs.
With your support, Hope Strengthens Foundation has helped cover medical expenses and basic needs that will help Peyton thrive.