Jacob's Hope for Sight
We're sooo close!
The family leaves for his surgery in China January 15, 2011, and we are still $8,000 short. Please consider donation. Thank you.
Jacob was born on April 19th, 2003 in Albany Georgia, to the parents of Ashley Dollar and Jack Bradfield. Jacob is also the grandson of Carolyn and Chris Dollar, also of Albany, and the great grandson of Bobby Dollar of Pelham and the great grandson of Juanita and Jack McDonald of Georgetown, Georgia.
Jacob was reviewed by his doctor when Ashley and Jack noticed Jacob wasn't following objects normally with his eyes. Jacob's doctor then referred him to the Emory eye clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.
In May of 2003, Jacob was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia [ONH]. ONH is a congenital birth condition in which the optic nerve fails to develop normally. Because of this rare condition, Jacob shows autistic traits and does not communicate with others verbally.
Jacob's parents have always been told that there was neither surgery, nor a cure for ONH.
Recently while doing research on speech delays, Jacob's mother learned about stem cell injections giving sight to the blind. After weeks of excessive research on stem cells, Jacob's mom contacted a medical consultant of Beike's Hospital in China. Jacob was recently approved by the hospital to receive stem cell injections at the Qingdao Chengyang People's Hospital. The treatment includes several stem cell transfers of 10-15 million stem cells over a period of 20 to 30 days with rehabilitation of 6 days per week. With each stem cell transplant, they also give the patient a transfusion of "Neural Growth Factors" to encourage the stem cells to find their targets and transform into new neurons.
Jacob and his family humbly ask for donations so that he and his mom can travel to China to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a very expensive procedure and insurance will not cover stem cell procedures because it is not FDA approved and is not offered in the United States. Jacob's parents are willing to try with the hope of Jacob returning home with vision. Jacobs' family is trying to raise $40,000.00 to cover the cost of the travel, procedure and follow-up care required in China.
Please help. Donate.
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Jacob's Story on WALB News
August 15, 2009:
Blind child needs help to China, so he can see