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Justin Matthew Stockhaus was born on January 12, 2000 by emergency c-section at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, Ma.Justin is the son of Kara (Langevin) '97, who is a Social Studies teacher at Oxford High School and Kenneth '98, who is a Claims Adjuster at Commerce Insurance Company.
Due to complications at birth, Justin
was born without a heartbeat.After 13 minutes of CPR Justin finally began to breathe and keep a pulse on his
own.Shortly after being born Justin
was transferred to the NICU at UMASS Memorial Hospital
in Worcester, MA.Initially Justin's diagnosis was "grave" and his
parents were forewarned to prepare for the worst case scenario.Although Justin's condition slowly improved he
was still without a suck/swallow reflex and was unable to feed on his
own.Doctors then recommended that he
have a g-tube surgically placed in his
stomach for feeding.The night before the surgery Justin
began to feed on his
own and he
avoided the surgery.A few weeks later, on Valentine's Day, Justin
was finally discharged from the NICU.
Shortly after his
first birthday Justin
was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and began to receive therapy and services through the Early Interventions program.Since his third birthday Justin has graduated from Early Interventions and is receiving therapy and services through the Webster Public School System.Currently Justin is enrolled at the Commerce Insurance Company Day Care.
Every day he
takes the school bus to Bartlett High School
where the public pre-school program is located.While at pre-school Justin
works very hard with his
therapists who help him with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.During pre-school he
also enjoys visiting his
Grandma Karen and Grandpa Rene Langevin '62, who work at the high school, by using his
gait trainer walker.Even though he
has made great progress and improvements since starting therapy, Justin
is still unable to walk on his
own and all of his
motor skills are effected.
In order to help Justin
"get over the hump" his
family is planning on enrolling him in a program outside of school that is not covered by health insurance.This intense exercise program involves the use of Suit Therapy.The Suit Therapy would involve Justin being fitted with a "suit" of straps and cords that are used to "align his
body and provide resistance, which leads to muscle strengthening and ultimately, increasing mobility."They are attempting to raise funds for Justin
to attend a three-week suit therapy program in Brewster, NY that would also cover the cost of transportation and lodging.
A trust fund has been created for Justin
in order to help finance this costly treatment at the Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
in Webster, MA. For information regarding fundraisers and donations, please contact the trustee of the account, Kara's sister, Jennifer (Langevin) ‘95 Fulone.