June 15, 2016
Jarrod an active duty soldier of 14 years and his wife Jennifer of 4 years, knew right away that we wanted to have a family, but science wasn't on their side. After a year and a half of trying, Jennifer and Jarrod had to seek help from a fertility specialist.
Mason, was born August 3, 2015, at a whopping 9lbs 1oz, he was the most beautiful baby boy. Because of his size, the doctors believe he ran out of room sooner than anticipated, causing him to sit lower en utero for a longer period of time. Because of this, Mason was born with Torticollis. This is a rare condition in which the neck muscles contract, causing the head to twist to one side. Jennifer & Jarrod were told to do neck stretches to try to treat the stiffness, and after about 4 months he was able to move his head freely to both sides with ease. However, while he was going through the treatment, he favored laying down with his head facing the right side. This has now caused another condition called Plagiocephaly, which is flattening of the head. Mason now needed a DOC band, to help correct his head shape. As of right now, his flat spot is causing his right ear, jaw and part of his skull to move forward, which can cause problems later on in life. It can even affect his eyesight.
This was very concerning for Mason's parents who were heartbroken that he has to wear a helmet for several months. They understood that this will be in his best interest and can't wait to see the end results. Their biggest obstacle was thier insurance company.
Heartbreakingly enough, Mason's dilemma is becoming too familiar. TriCare (military insurance) is set up in such a way that they require that a child with plagiocephaly undergo an incredibly invasive surgery which only has a success rate of roughly 30% before they will consider the DOC band, a non-invasive helmet with a 100% success rate and costs a fraction of the cost at $2,500 (as opposed to the surgery, which costs TriCare tens of thousands of dollars).
On May 31, 2016 we were pleased to share that through the support of our network Mason and his family received the funds to begin treatment.