Sometimes you cover sports and other times you get a compelling fight.
That is a fight against illness. Eighth-grader Carson Thomas is winning the battle with Gordon’s syndrome and DiGeorge.
On top of that, the Washington native received word Thursday, Aug. 1, that he had been selected as a Kid Captain. He will get to walk players out onto the field before every Iowa home game.
“He is very excited and reminds us every day. He has got all his Hawkeye clothes out,” said his mother, Kelley Thomas. “When they come out of the tunnel and the Iowa song plays, he knows the words to that song.”
He was nominated by his father ‘Dave and Kelley and then chosen from a pool of 462 kids.
It’s a world away from what his final outcome could have been after several complications at birth. He has battled multiple syndromes for nearly 14 years and his parents were told he could never live off a ventilator.
Gordon’s causes clubfoot and the DiGeorge syndrome causes a lack of brain function. He has lung disease. He lived with a’ tracheostomy that helps breathing for three years.
He had feeding issues, forcing him to use a tube much of his life when the food doesn’t have the consistency of pudding. The syndrome affects his immune system.
But one thing that is normal about his life is waking up every day and showering for school.
“He’s home. When school starts he will go to school every day. He is pretty much a regular kid — he just has more obstacles than most.”
Thomas has built up a lot of character as he has navigated such heartache.
“Absolutely, I think all kids that have medical issues are stronger than most adults. They put up with so much and have to endure so much. He has a higher pain threshold than a healthy child does. It has made him stronger.”