You wouldn't know it from looking at him now, but Conner Bynum, age 6, has undergone eight (8) invasive brain surgeries in his short lifetime. Conner contracted bacterial meningitis shortly after birth, acquiring secondary hydrocephalus, which is an accumulation of fluid on the brain.
At only 4 months old, he underwent a lifesaving surgery to install a shunt system into his brain that pumps the fluid from the brain ventricles to be absorbed elsewhere in the body. It is a lifesaving procedure and typically requires a lifetime of medical management and clinical follow up.
The McIntyre’s moved to Cleveland in July, 2011 and after some deliberation on which program their non-verbal, autistic son Jayden should be in, he found a home at the Lee University Developmental Inclusion Center (LUDIC) in November of that year. In a very short amount of time Jayden started making progress. He was using some sign language (more, all done, I love you, & help), making sounds (letters & animals), using words (no, daddy, kitty, his sister’s name, Jasmine, thank you and Popi), and wrote his name for the first time.