Seven months after being struck by a teen drunken driver, Izaiah Wallis is scheduled to be released from Rady Children's Hospital on Tuesday.
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Izaiah, who turned 2 years old last month, was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries from an October crash. He was left paralyzed from the chest down and blind.
"He can't walk, he can't talk, he can't get out of bed," Izaiah's father, Jacob Wallis, told 10News. "I took him on a little walk today on a chair with his ventilator and he was just crying the whole time, he's not used to being up like that."
Izaiah will require 24-hour care, and a local group has been raising funds to help the family purchase a new home equipped to meet the child's needs.
Although Izaiah's parents are thrilled he's finally going home, getting Izaiah around their home will be daunting.
"We're just renting and it's not our house so we can't do any renovations to it," said Wallis.
Wallis said two of the only things that make Izaiah smile are the movies "Finding Nemo" and "Shark Tales."
His room is all nice and ready for him, we had his walls painted like 'Nemo' and 'Shark Tales' so his whole room is like an underwater theme, Wallis said.
The family will live in a temporary home until the remaining $38,000 needed for the down payment toward the purchase of a new home is raised.
"We're also asking the corporate community of San Diego [to] find it in their hearts to step and make some sizable donations," said Linda Van Kessler with Passion 4 Kids.
The family has hired a nurse to be with Izaiah during the overnight hours.
Wallis has quit his job to help care for his son.
The teen driver was sentenced to 480 days in a youth offender program.
The following press release was issued Monday regarding Izaiah's release from the hospital:
It is with great excitement we announce that baby Izaiah Wallis, now 2 years old, will be released from Rady Children's Hospital tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17 at approximately 12:30 pm, seven months after being violently struck while in his stroller by a teen drunk driver.
Although Izaiah has made progress, he remains paralyzed from the chest down, suffers from brain damage, has a feeding tube due to inability to swallow as well as a catheter. He is still breathing through a tracheotomy and ventilator. His long-term recovery is unknown at this time.
His parents, Jacob Wallis and Lucy Verde, want to thank the entire San Diego media and community for all their incredible support during this difficult time in their lives.
The transition of Izaiah to home has been long-awaited by his entire family but will not be without challenges as he will require 24 hour care which will have to be provided by Izaiah's parents who have been certified by the hospital after intense training on the many medical machines he will go home with, a new home is desperately needed to accommodate his wheelchair and other special needs, a handicapped van is needed to transport him around, and he will require comprehensive physical and occupational therapy for the foreseeable future.
Izaiah will live in a temporary home until the remaining $38,000 is raised to purchase a properly equipped home for him that will become a permanent family home.
Dr. Dennis Maness, founder of Brain Tek Institute, a San Diego-based brain research facility who has assisted thousands of people to regain the use of their limbs, will be donating his services to work extensively with baby Izaiah on an out-patient basis. Visit www.braintekinstitute.com
for more information.
Anyone wishing to donate can go to the home page of www.passion4kids.com
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