From birth, Logan has fought to survive. Born with two pounds of excess fluid in his body that compromised the function of his vital organs, Logan spent his first month of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Just before his second birthday, Logan suffered a stroke. He lost his ability to speak and showed weakness on one side of his body. Five years later, after fully recovering from his stroke, Logan’s family was struck with the devastating diagnosis of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). This was a new chapter in Logan’s medical history and one with an unknown outcome. ITP is a rare blood disorder whose cause remains unknown. The episodic flare-ups associated with this condition can lead to excessive bruising and internal bleeding.
After receiving medication, Logan’s ITP seemed to disappear, but eight years later he developed a severe rash and became sick again.
Ups and downs
For the second time in his young life, Logan was airlifted for specialty care. At Children’s Hospital Colorado he received a secondary diagnosis of Evans Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes his body attacks its red blood cells.
Despite the three-hour drive from Torrington, Wyo., where Logan lives, to Aurora, Logan continues to receive care at Children’s Colorado, because the hospital offers the best care and expertise for his condition. And with proper monitoring and medication, specialists are able to keep his disease under control.
“Comforting is the best word to describe the staff,” said Logan’s mom, Tennille. “We are so lucky to have found Children’s Colorado.”
Overcoming the challenges
Through all of the tough times, Logan has chosen to focus on his abilities.
“I take it as it is, and I don’t let it affect me,” said Logan.
When doctor’s orders kept him from participating in his favorite activity – raising and showing cattle and sheep – he stood on the sidelines at the county fair and cheered on his friends and family.
“His life has been a roller-coaster. It’s filled with highs and lows but he’s always smiling and having fun. This has never brought him down,” said Logan’s Dad, Travis.
Today, Logan continues to do what he loves, whether it is enjoying the freedom of being a newly licensed driver or tending to the animals on his family ranch.