With each day comes gratitude from his mom for life, but he still has a very uncertain future.
“We don’t know, we never know what the next day brings. We were told he wouldn’t live. For him to make it almost 14 years is a huge accomplishment.”
Kelley said she was very emotional when the doctor first told her that and experienced a feeling she wouldn’t wish upon any other parent.
His life has been synonymous with the hospital, as he spent his first 96 days there, to go along with 20 surgeries over the course of his life.
He knows some of the players from meeting them after games in the past. He will be meeting coach Kirk Ferentz for the first time.
Even with all the hardship that Thomas has faced, he still exists as any other child. He doesn’t get caught up in his inspirational story.
“I’m sure not. He looks at himself like a normal kid. Everywhere we go someone knows him, but I don’t think he actually knows how many people support him and he is a special little guy.”
Thomas doesn’t require a home nurse. Kelley and Dave give him his daily medicine and clean his G2 feeding tube in his stomach.
Even through this roller-coaster journey of emotions and bleak outlook, Kelley expresses humility.
“We are very grateful and thankful.”