As an toddler, medical doctors didn’t give Oliver De Borde lengthy to reside after he suffered extreme mind injury attributable to a congenital coronary heart defect. However two years later, the little Ocala boy continues to brighten the lives of his mother and father.
Just lately, nonetheless, throughout a visit offered by Make-A-Want of Central and North Florida, the household had their baggage and the stroller shared by Oliver and his child brother, Grayson, stolen.
“I couldn’t imagine it. We had a really good journey, acquired lots of souvenirs, and on the best way again we had the whole lot stolen,” mentioned Beth Stimson, Oliver’s mom.
Due to Oliver’s situation, hypoplastic left coronary heart syndrome, a beginning defect that left him with a malformed left facet of his coronary heart, Stimson packs additional clothes for journeys in case of an emergency.
“It hurts due to what it should price to exchange the garments, however due to his situation, the whole lot of his is particular to me,” Stimson mentioned.
When Oliver was solely 2 months previous, his coronary heart stopped. Docs had been in a position to revive him, however the episode left him with vital mind injury. Due to the mind harm, Oliver now not certified for additional procedures, together with the potential of a coronary heart transplant. He went house underneath hospice care.
“They mentioned he would most likely solely reside just a few weeks. We celebrated his birthday early, had Christmas in July for him, considering he wouldn’t be with us,” Stimson mentioned.
Nonetheless, the little boy beat the chances, and two years later continues his journey.
“Days saved mounting up, and he saved going and hasn’t stopped,” mentioned Justin De Borde, Oliver’s father.
However ultimately, the little boy will succumb to the affliction. Within the meantime, Stimson and De Borde attempt to cherish each second with the boy.
“We attempt to flip the negatives into positives. That’s type of our motto,” Stimson mentioned.
After they sought a second opinion on Oliver’s situation in Boston in 2017 and acquired an identical prognosis, they turned the journey right into a household trip.
“We went to New York with him after which Washington, D.C., on the best way again,” De Borde mentioned.
The household has pictures of the boy in entrance of the Statue of Liberty, amongst different landmarks.
Whereas the stolen objects put a damper on the newest journey, they’d reasonably deal with the reminiscences they made in Tennessee.
Oliver and his father take pleasure in watching College of Tennessee soccer video games collectively. Whereas the boy can not stroll or discuss, he does react to sure stimulation, together with his father tickling his stomach whereas buzzing the “Jaws” theme. The sounds of the soccer video games and his father’s response additionally elicit reactions from Oliver.
So, one of many fundamental stops on the journey was a tour of Neyland Stadium, the place the Volunteers play in Knoxville.
The thieves took College of Tennessee memorabilia purchased for Oliver throughout the tour, together with a vibrant orange “onesie” with the crew’s emblem.
The theft occurred on the final day of the journey as they drove again to Ocala. The household stopped in a Ramada by Wyndham off the interstate in Macon, Georgia, to spend the night time.
The couple left most of their baggage within the trunk of the automotive. They speculate the trunk didn’t property shut as a result of there was no injury to the rental car and nothing contained in the car, which was locked, was taken.
Whereas safety video of the parking zone didn’t seize a transparent view of the theft, different angles noticed a dark-colored, probably crimson, sport utility car coming into the parking zone simply earlier than 2 a.m.
The household filed a report with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Workplace, however thefts are frequent on the inns alongside the closely traveled hall.
“Thank goodness we introduced in his medical stuff, his feeding pump and medicine and oxygen tubes,” Stimson mentioned.
The couple arrange a GoFundMe marketing campaign to try to elevate the $800 they estimate it should take to exchange the stolen objects. As of Wednesday night, the marketing campaign had raised $820.
For info on the marketing campaign go to https://tinyurl.com/y3m8gg6u.