(Orange, Texas)


June 8, 2013

Toddler defies odds, relearns how to walk

ORANGE — Three year old little boys are expected to run, fall and bumps their heads.

For Mason Broussard, 3, that is something his mother, Stacy Franck of Hayes, Louisiana has to constantly prevent from happening.

Franck, a 2002 LC-M graduate, was in Orange recently so her children could visit with great-grandparents in Orange.

Broussard was involved in an accident Friday, September 7, 2012 which caused him to be rushed to the hospital in Galveston.

“The doctors said he would not make it,” Franck said. “They said he would not survive the night. I just did not believe them.”

After surgery Franck was told the staff would do everything they could to make Broussard comfortable.

Surgery included removing part of the skull to remove a blood clot. The brain swelled, raising concerns due to pressure could cause more brain damage.

“The first 72 hours were the worse,” Franck said.

A neurosurgeon sent CT scans to another doctor the following Monday. The consultant said there was no way that baby was still alive. The neurosurgeon assured him the baby was still alive.

Broussard stayed in a comatose state for a month.

“He would eat or say a word or two,” Franck said. “But once he started showing signs of getting better it went pretty fast.”

In one month’s time, Broussard was able to talk, hold up his head and started relearning everything again.

Franck said it took two to three months for Broussard to relearn to walk.

Walking requires a special brace and shoes which make the brace more comfortable to wear.

Broussard also wears a special helmet to protect his head. The skull bone started to deteriorate when it was replaced. He will need to have surgery to have a plate put in. The procedure will need to be repeated until he stops growing.

“When they replaced the skull in December, they told me he had a blood clot,” Franck said. “It was really scary. With the brain there is doing good or fall off the cliff going bad, there is no in between.”

Broussard has no trouble keeping up his older brother and sisters. Broussard is the youngest of four children.

Broussard has limited use of his left side, but is able to walk and has some use of his left hand.

Broussard will start pre-kindergarten in August.

“He does not have any trouble learning, look at what all he relearned since the accident,” Franck said. “He can count now and he was not able to do that before the surgeries.”

Franck said the biggest concern is if Broussard will sit still for school.

Broussard, saw a picture of Pastor Sam Roe of Colony Baptist Church, said, “That’s my Donald Duck.”

Roe visited Broussard in the hospital and would speak to him like the cartoon character Donald Duck.

Broussard’s biggest hero is his dad. Broussard will call him on the phone while dad is at work.

“Dad is the best father ever. Mason said come home, so he did and took a vacation.” Franck said. “He is Daddy’s baby.”

Broussard, like a typical three year old boy, loves mud puddles and tractors. Broussard said his favorite thing to do is to ride his John Deere tractor.

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