Hearts with River
On November 26th 2017, River had a near drowning accident in the bathtub, his heart stopped and he was reanimated at the hospital. An MRI taken 3 days after the accident showed significant brain injury and doctors painted a very dark picture. Choosing not to listen to doctors, River’s parents, Stephan and Melissa, chose to believe in River and begin a therapy journey. Thanks to support from family and friends, River has started therapies like hyperbaric oxygen and stem cells. River is currently out of the acute phase and does not have to be in the hospital all the time. He now opens his eyes fully when awake, moves his limbs more than before and is even beginning to have some core strength so that Stephan and Melissa can help him sit or stand. There is still a long way to go as he has a tracheostomy, Gtube, and needs extensive care, but we are hopeful that the therapies and stimulation will help get River to play as a little boy again.
In a continued effort to bring awareness to the importance of water safety and to support River & his family, Watersafe has chosen to extend ALL-YOU-CAN-SWIM through the end of December to every family that donates to Hearts With River. Donations can be made at the front desk or at: www.GoFundMe.com/Help-River-James-Dastous-Live
If you would like to follow their journey, you can visit the Hearts With River page at: www.Facebook.com/HeartsWithRiver