Posted: Oct 16, 2011 8:53 PM by Trovette Tottress
Updated: Oct 17, 2011 4:21 AM
It's one of the happiest moments in a parents life. News Five was there to welcome Lincoln as the first baby born in Pueblo in 2011. He is now 9 months old. But with joy comes sorrow. One day out of the blue Lincoln's temperature spiked to 103 degrees.
"All of a sudden his eyes crossed and he started having this odd behavior", said Al Saisi.
His parents immediately knew something was wrong.
"First thing that popped into my head was this was something neurological. Something was affecting his brain", said Al Saisi.
His dad was right. Something was affecting Lincoln's brain. But exactly what doctors could not determine.
For two weeks Lincoln went through a series of test. Within days he had five strokes and a massive seizure which caused his lungs to shut down.
"As a parent that was probably the scariest moments of my life. Every emotion that you could ever think, you're wondering this isn't happening. This happens to other people", said Al Saisi.
But it was happening. And doctors were finally ready to make a diagnosis. Lincoln had viral meningitis. An infection which causes inflammation of thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It can sometimes lead to brain damage and even death.
"Seeing your child with a tube in his mouth, being feed through a tube through his nose having electrodes attached to his brain to make sure its functioning correctly", said Al Saisi. "I mean you never had a moment to take a deep breathe".
But miraculously Lincoln began to pull through.
"He was off the ventilator. He was getting off the feeding tubes so I think just him recovering was all i needed at that point" said Valerie Saisi.
Doctors say he may have some brain damage, but it's too early to tell. And although he may never play sports his dad says he's learned from experience.
"You don't take for granted a healthy child. And don't under estimate a sick one because they will come back. Sometimes even strong", said Al Saisi.
A Fundraiser has been set up to help with Lincoln's medical expenses Monday,October 17th from 6 to 9 pm at DJ's Pizzeria. The address is 190 West Palmer Drive Pueblo West, Colorado. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets include access to the pizza and salad bar as well as iced tea or lemonade. If you are unable to attend the Fundraiser and wish to donate to the cause, an account has been set up at Wells Fargo titled "The Lincoln Saisi Donation Fund." This account is open Nationwide for any one who would like to donate.