Meet Sullivan Kendall, he’s almost 10 years old. Many people know him as Sully, the survivor of a cardiopulmonary arrest when he was only 3 weeks of age. He was born October 5, 2006 with no complications and a very healthy boy. On October 29th, 2006, his family decided to go out for an adventure and on that day, our lives were forever changed. The day started out like any other, as his twin sisters and big brother were getting their Halloween costumes on for trick or treating and his mom put me in a Superman Costume. His mother Jodi says he will always be her Superman now and forever.
Sully and his family all got in the car that cold crisp day in 2006 and that’s when his life was forever changed. Trick or treating was over, and he was getting all packed up to go meet my Great Grandma. He was placed in my car seat and was getting buckled in, when it was noticed that blood was coming from my nose and mouth. He was quickly pulled from the car and my color was rapidly turning blue and CPR was quickly started and he was rushed by his father Jason to the hospital that was only 2 blocks away. No one knew what even happened or how long he had lost oxygen. The damage done to his brain was unknown, and he was quickly flown in the Flight For Life helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin while his 3 siblings waved goodbye, still in their Halloween costumes.
He resided in Children’s Hospital for 6 months with his Mom and Dad never leaving my side. Doctors couldn’t explain why this happened to me, and his prognosis was guarded. He lost many functions of my brain that controls swallow, gag reflex, cornea reflex, speech, and other areas yet to be determined. he was sent home on hospice with a trach and a feeding tube and not expected to survive. His family spent many hours making sure my airway stayed clear so he could breathe, and with the loss of his swallowing reflex, suctioning was a constant. His family remained hopeful in the darkest times of the unknown.
Today Sully is almost 10. He attends Waller School and the family lives in Burlington. While he doesn’t speak he does very well with an Ipad. His little sister Evelyn has taught him how to walk and to ride a bike and is one of Sully’s biggest teachers, but the help from my younger sibling isn’t to end yet. The family is expecting their newest addition and Sully will have a baby brother around November 9th
His family started Go Fund Me Page, because with ongoing medical advancements, their hope is to receive a Stem Cell Transplant from the Cord Blood of his expected biological brother. To learn more about stem cell transplants and their go fund me please visit Sullys Miracle Stem Cell Transplant