Hayden Casimir Kimberlin was born on March 17, 2012. Born a very happy healthy baby boy. All of a sudden, Hayden was having some eye issues. His mother and father, Melanie and Sam, made the decision to take him to the emergency room. The doctors did an MRI and at the time did not see anything and sent him home. A few days later, his eye started swelling and had some discharge.
On Sept. 14, Hayden was taken back to the ER. They figured it had to do with the eye nerves and sent him to the ophthalmologist. The doctor there had the radiologist there look at his MRI and saw a small mass on the third optic nerve. Hayden was sent right back to Roanoke Memorial Hospital to be admitted. He then had an MRI and MRA with contrast done, and it was confirmed to be a tumor.
Doctors decided it was best to send Hayden to the University of Virginia Medical Hospital. He had a few more MRIs and testing done. We were then told that the tumor was half in his brain stem and half out and there was only a two-millimeter area to work with. Thus that meant they could not do a biopsy.
Hayden and his parents were sent home and told to go back every six weeks for update MRIs to check for growth. During the wait for the next trip, Hayden’s case was reviewed and accepted to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, it was confirmed that Hayden’s tumor had doubled in size in two weeks and that it was cancerous. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Hayden had brain surgery to do a biopsy and try to determine exactly what kind of tumor/cancer this is.
He did a great job during surgery, but sadly the tumor was determined to be very solid and is now connected to muscle along with the nerve and brain stem. Due to this, the tumor is considered inoperable. His mother is currently waiting to get the results of the biopsy to find out what the next step is and what kind of treatments are going to be needed.
The family is having a very rough time with this, especially since not all of us can be there with him and Melanie. We are asking for everyone’s prayers and support.
If anyone would like to help out in any way, please contact us. And if anyone could help with donations, they would be greatly appreciated for travel, medical expenses and help with supporting Melanie and Hayden while they are in Tennessee. An account has been opened at Wells Fargo under the name “Hayden Kimberlin Donation Fund.” You may go to any Wells Fargo and ask to deposit money into that account.
– Submitted by Meghan Piotrowski