Parker was born with a combination of craniosynostosis (ossification of the cranial seams) andhydrocephalus (also known as "water on the brain"). As a result, his brain was only taking up 5% of his skull, whereas in normal newborns, it fills 90 to 95%.
A few days after his birth, Parker had to be operated on. The doctors suctioned the excess spinal fluid from his skull and after two weeks, his parents were able to bring him home. After four weeks, he began physiotherapy.
Ryan and Crysie have come to love the team at their children's hospital in Atlanta. Doctors, nurses, and therapists have taken such good care of Parker, it's as if he were a member of their own family. "He is truly a very brave child. He has been through so much. He has always had a smile on this face," said Dr. Andrew Reisner, Director of Neuro Trauma at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.