Wish comes true for Samburg girl
Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:23 am
Mayci Hogg, the 9-year-old daughter of Richard Hogg of Jackson and Kristi Hogg of Samburg, received her wish of a new swing set from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South Monday night.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work since 1980. Since it began, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 193,000 children.
On Monday, family, friends and Make-A-Wish volunteers gathered for the celebration with Mayci.
Mayci was born with a rare mitochondrial disorder. As a result, she had low vision, could not walk and was unable to communicate with her family. She had treatment for cataracts and a severe seizure disorder that had worsened, had a feeding tube placed and had many hospital visits because of viral infections and other types of sickness.
Mayci and her family received some hope in June 2008 in the form of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, a specialized therapy that uses an increase in atmospheric pressure to allow the body to incorporate more oxygen into blood cells, blood plasma, cerebral-spinal fluid and other bodily fluids. Mayci began receiving treatment at the Integrative Hyperbaric Center—known as “A Place of Grace”—in Wisconsin.
After receiving her initial therapy at the Wisconsin facility, Mayci returned home and continued her treatment in a special portable home chamber.
Since beginning HBOT, Mayci’s condition has improved. She has gained weight and she has been seizure free for two years, according to her mother.
She said Mayci’s West Tennessee Cares website — www.westtennesseecares.org — is up so the community can continue to track Mayci’s progress through video, photos and journal posts from Mrs. Hogg.
There is also a Facebook cause and a Facebook page for Mayci’s cause.
Ms. Hogg also expressed her gratitude to all the people who came together to help make Mayci’s wish come true, especially the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the community.
“Community support for Mayci and our family has always been overwhelming,” she said. “They have followed her progress and supported her unfailingly. I could go on for hours about what the community has meant to us.”
Editor’s Note: Emily Williams, the daughter of Roger and Juli Williams of Woodland Mills, is a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis. She is interning at The Messenger this summer.
Published in The Messenger 7.27.10