Sometimes, small things can have a big impact. Blake Oldham of Black River Falls, Wis. is a prime example. Born less than 1½ pounds and about a foot long, Blake started out life extraordinarily small but now, at age 3, he leaves a big impression on those who meet him.
His parents, Alyssa and Curtis Oldham, describe Blake as resilient. He’s had to be after spending the first 89 days of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
It wasn’t long after he went home that his family was introduced to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When the Oldhams sat by Blake’s side during a week-long stay in Gundersen Health System’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit due to extreme weight loss, CMN Hospitals was there to help with food voucher and transportation costs.
Blake has also faced an ongoing struggle with low muscle tone, developmental delays, and multiple surgeries to repair hernias and digestive problems. Because of his digestive disorders and an oral aversion, Blake is fed a diet of blended food through a G-tube—a feeding tube placed directly into his stomach. While he takes nothing by mouth, Blake still tastes new things, and like a lot of kids, has a fondness for chips, cheese and ranch flavor.
“To prepare his food every day, we use a Vitamix blender which CMN Hospitals helped us buy,” says Alyssa. “They’ve helped us afford the equipment needed to allow our child the best opportunities to succeed.”
Blake is a smart, happy little boy who attends 3K school where he’s learning his ABCs. But when he grows up, his ambition is to be a doctor. In his relatively short life, Blake has spent a lot of time around doctors so he knows all about helping people.