Highlands College Students Help Children
Students at Highlands College have completed a pajama drive for children who are facing surgery for craniosynostosis. Organized by the Highlands College Student Leadership, 61 pairs of pajamas were collected. The pajamas will be donated to the Cranio Care Bears organization whose purpose it is to spread awareness, support and compassion for families of children facing surgery for craniosynostosis.
“We know of children in our community with this condition,” said Kori Dyer, President of the Highlands College Student Leadership. “Because of the severity of the surgery, the children need pajamas that can be put on the children without pulling the pajamas over their heads. We knew immediately that we could help with this.”
Craniosynostosis is a rare condition suffered by some newborns. Children with this condition require intense surgery because they are born with the skull plates in their head fused together. Normally, the skull plates are not fused, allowing the face and head to develop normally. The result of being born with craniosynostosis is often a deformed face or skull. In some rare cases, the fused plates do not allow the brain to grow and develop, resulting in brain damage further resulting in developmental issues for the children.
“Families with children suffering from this condition and who are facing such radical surgery need all the help they can get,” said Marilyn Patrick, Tech Sponsor of the Highlands College Student Leadership. “The response from our Highlands College students with this pajama drive has been tremendous. I’m very proud of them.”
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