Ticonderoga Born Nov. 19 at 32 weeks gestation, Liam Scoville continues his battle with the complications of pulmonary hypoplasia.
For those wishing to donate to the Scoville family please contact Kelly Savage 524-2497 or Patrick Scoville 586-6553
Lance Messier, First Vice Commander of Squadron 224 Sons of The American Legion, chaired a benefit with community member Lisa Norton that took place May 17.
Craig Cassidy donated chicken for the dinner and Andy Belkevich donated a six hour fishing trip on Eagle lake. Also taking place was a horse shoe tournament and basket raffle.
Liam was diagnosed with pulmonary hypoplasia, a condition in which the lungs are abnormally small and are unable to allow appropriate blood flow to the body restricting the ability to breath independantly. Along with this condition, cardiac complications are also very common as seen in Scoville.
“I had to quit my job at the mill,” Said Kelly Savage, Liam’s mom. “I couldn’t take a leave that long and Liam needs 24 hour care.”
After a 33 day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Fletcher Allen Hospital, Liam has been home with his family for eight weeks in Ticonderoga.
“He was born with a dislocated hip,” said Savage. “We also just found out he has asthma because of his tracheomalacia and with our insurance his inhaler was over $80.”
Tracheomalacia is a common disorder that is seen in infants with pulmonary hypoplasia especially those born preterm. The condition in its most basic means the cartillage in the windpipe is not completely developed causing difficulty breathing.
At the close of the benefit the event raised approximately $2,400 to suppliment finances of the family.