During her 37th week of pregnancy, Brandi’s was diagnosed with gestational hypertension. For her safety and the health of her baby, doctors induced her and brought baby Matthew into the world at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in March 2010. Two day later, Matthew was diagnosed with a serious case of jaundice which required daily trips to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for blood tests and weeks of photo therapy. Then at just five weeks old, Matthew began having seizures and was diagnosed with Epilepsy.
In the five years since his original diagnosis, he now also battles a hearing impairment and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cortical Visual Impairment, and he is unable to talk. Due to nature of his complex conditions, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer has become a second home to him and his family to receive specialized care on many occasions. Despite this, Matthew is still a happy boy who loves Ninja Turtles!