3 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Today marks the 8th anniversary of Conrad’s accident. We celebrate life and we reflect on the gains Conrad continues to make on his road to recovery.  In 2011, Conrad started an assisted walking program using a stander and treadmill.   He added speech therapy to his weekly routine to help him develop more consistent communication.  He is much more vocal and responsive and best of all he is a healthy, happy boy.

Last year we resolved to better document and share Conrad’s story. We set the intention to shop interest in Conrad’s case in hopes of finding a researcher who could help better us understand Conrad’s cognitive functioning.

We are happy to report that we have met our goal.

Dr. Peter Fox, founder and head of the UT Health Science Center’s Research Imaging Institute has agreed to look into pilot a study that will benefit Conrad and other near drowning victims.

Utilizing Resting State brain Imaging, he will analyze the brain activity and patterns of connections to detect which regions of brain are communicating with which other regions.  Although the study will not provide any treatment recommendations, it will give us an indication as to the areas of the brain that have the best potential to regain function and could provide us a more targeted approach to therapy.

Our goal has always been to help Conrad reach his maximum potential and I believe in the unlimited potential of the brain to heal.  This research is a very critical step in the process and it is hard to contain our excitement. We set up a “Research” Page on the website if you are interested in more information.

We thank all of you who continue to follow Conrad.  2012 is shaping to be a BIG year and we look forward to sharing it with you!

21 Comments

  1. naomi nye's Gravatar naomi nye
    January 22, 2012    

    We cheer for your perseverance and for Conrad’s – with love and hope always, thank you for sharing this amazing news.

  2. Donna's Gravatar Donna
    January 6, 2012    

    This is so amazing and exciting!!! I just know Conrad will walk across the stage to get his diploma when his time comes. All the best to you guys….sounds like 2012 is going to be a ground breaking year for Conrad and all the other near drowning victims that you have paved the way for!! Always sending you lots of love, light and prayers!!!

    Donna Eastman

  3. Chris's Gravatar Chris
    January 4, 2012    

    This is great news! Thank you for the update. Wishing you and your family all the best. XOC

  4. Jane's Gravatar Jane
    January 4, 2012    

    Thank you for sharing this, I wish y’all
    a fabulous 2012! XOXO, Jane

  5. Meriam's Gravatar Meriam
    January 4, 2012    

    It’s so exciting to see how your hard work and persistence is bearing fruit!

  6. Heather Huber's Gravatar Heather Huber
    January 4, 2012    

    Very good news! Way to go family!

  7. Natalie and Crew's Gravatar Natalie and Crew
    January 4, 2012    

    Best news of 2012. We are cheering you up Conrad!

  8. Adelle's Gravatar Adelle
    January 4, 2012    

    Love and healing waves coming your direction Conrad!~~~~

  9. Nina's Gravatar Nina
    January 4, 2012    

    That is wonderful news! Looking forward to hearing more updates on the research findings! God Bless your family. 🙂

  10. Valerie's Gravatar Valerie
    January 4, 2012    

    I stand for Conrad’s healing and recovery. The research sounds exciting with tremendous potential to help near drowning victims.

  11. Angie's Gravatar Angie
    January 4, 2012    

    I am so excited to follow news from Conrad this year! The research sounds amazing! You are all an incredible family! Love,Angie

  12. The Slagas's Gravatar The Slagas
    January 3, 2012    

    That is excellent! Happy New Year!

  13. Ethel Shipton's Gravatar Ethel Shipton
    January 3, 2012    

    That’s wonderful

  14. Rosalie's Gravatar Rosalie
    January 3, 2012    

    Great news Conrad! So happy to hear and so glad you are sharing with all of us.. Here’s to an Awesome 2012! Can’t wait to hear about the great accomplishments ahead!

  15. Penelope Boeyr's Gravatar Penelope Boeyr
    January 3, 2012    

    Wow!

  16. Gerri's Gravatar Gerri
    January 3, 2012    

    Happy 2012 to you all! I am so in awe of your family. Congratulations on the research pilot. I am POSITIVE it will be a FRUITFUL effort on everyone’s part. Can’t wait to hear the first report!

  17. Karla's Gravatar Karla
    January 3, 2012    

    Skies the limit!!! Go Conrad !!! Happy New Year to all you guys

  18. Ginger's Gravatar Ginger
    January 3, 2012    

    I am so excited too!! Can’t wait to follow this news! Miss all of you but so glad to stay in touch with these updates on Conrad. I so admire your commitment to find the best care and treatment for him. Go Conrad!!

  19. jodi roberts's Gravatar jodi roberts
    January 3, 2012    

    Liz, I remember last year’s New Year’s Day ceremony when we talked about Conrad walking and talking in 2011. I loved reading his progress in both of those areas! Wonderful! He is such a sacred light in this world. Thank you for sharing him with us! Love!

  20. KImberly's Gravatar KImberly
    January 3, 2012    

    YAY Conrad! Yay Research! Yay! Yay! Yay! Looking forward to seeing even more progress in 2012! XO

  21. Toni's Gravatar Toni
    January 3, 2012    

    This sounds awesome!! Congratulations and the best to you all in this endeavor! Good luck Conrad!! You are loved so much!!

    Toni

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