QUINTIN

Meet 11 year-old Quintin who is from Clay City, Kentucky.  His parent Christina shares with us:

"Almost a month after Quintin’s 10th birthday he had an eye doctor appointment, and his doctor saw that his optic nerves were enlarged so he scheduled a MRI. The MRI showed Quintin had a golf ball size tumor at the base of his brain and smaller ones in other places of his brain; one on each of his acoustic nerves in each ear and some on his spinal cord. We went to a pediatric neurologist and went from his office straight into PICU where they immediately placed a drain tube to drain the spinal fluid. Quintin was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2, and had two major debulking surgeries and four smaller surgeries within two months. He has come very far but still has a long way to go. He still has the tumors so he has to go every 3 to 6 months for a MRI to make sure there are no changes, but thankfully the tumors are benign!

Through all of this Quintin became very depressed and missed his friends at school. Thanks to Hopecam he was able to keep in touch with his classmates through Skype as well as Quintin’s Papaw who lives in Alabama. Since Quintin only attends school on half days, he still misses out on a lot, so when school is out his friends get on Skype and talk to Quintin about things that happened after he went home. It helps him tremendously and makes him feel like he is still a part of his class even though he isn’t there."