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Zayley Mae Watkins, of Havana, is the 4-year-old daughter of Tiffany and Charlie Watkins. She has two brothers, Zayne (9) and Eli (13), and a sister, Faithlyn (6). Zayley is loved by many, including her grandparents and great grandparents: Donald and Susie Walker, Charley and Dee Watkins, Wanda Walker, Edith Kleese, and the late Crystal Tindall. Zayley is a huge fan of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Zayley was born six weeks premature and spent the first bit of her life in the NICU at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), followed briefly by a stay at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Zayley had a cyst removed from her throat at ages 14 months, and then again at age 4. Each cyst removed came back cancerous. They were able to remove all the cancer during her first procedure, but then it came back. Her most recent procedure was near Christmas 2018. Testing is still being completed to determine if all the cancer was removed from her second procedure. Even if the cancer was removed, Zayley has an inevitable future of frequent doctor visits to ensure that the cancer has not reappeared or spread. She may be looking at radiation, but it is too early to tell. Her family remains positive and Zayley is a true superhero!
Greyson Reid Gilliam, of Russellville, is the 2-year-old son of Andrea Gilliam. He has an older sister, Katlyne (19), who attends school at Hendrix College. Greyson’s grandmother, Pamela Gilliam, is one of his biggest fans. If you see Greyson around town, he is likely sporting a dinosaur and/or monster truck!
Greyson was a surprise baby and was considered a high-risk pregnancy early on due to mom’s age. Extra tests were ran as a precaution, but the results were all but expected. The family learned that Greyson had multiple abnormalities. This sparked a referral to UAMS and weekly visits for the duration of the pregnancy. As a result, mom lost her job due to excessive absences. As the weekly visits progressed, mom was told that Greyson may not make it long after delivery and would be sent directly to ACH after the scheduled C-section.
Greyson made an appearance on July 14, 2016 but was sent to ACH immediately for respiratory distress and further testing. When mom was released from UAMS, she joined Greyson at ACH where he stayed in the NICU for months. After what seemed like endless testing, Greyson was diagnosed with VACTERL Association, which affects 1 in 40,000 kids. With this diagnosis, Greyson had a malrotation of the intestine, most of his organs positioned on the opposite side that they should be, a tethered cord, a hemivertebra spine, congenital scoliosis at a 45-50 degree curve, missing his left kidney and right kidney is a hydro nephrosis grade 1, his ribs are fused together with one side missing a rib and the other side with an extra rib, and he has a hole in the heart that will need to be surgically closed. In addition to this list, Greyson has diverticulum of the bladder, restrictive lung disease that puts him at risk for respiratory infections, is missing his right radial bone and thumb, and he can’t gain weight since he burns so many calories in effort to just breathe. Greyson makes frequent trips to Little Rock for medical care and currently sees a total of 14 doctors including pulmonary, cardiology, and orthopedic doctors that are formulating a treatment plan. Greyson is also a regular at Pediatrics Plus in Russellville and absolutely loves the therapists that he works with. The physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy he receives there has contributed greatly to the improvements he has made thus far.
While Greyson may have been a surprise baby, he also saved his mom’s life in the process. During the multiple genetic tests that were ran on Greyson and Andrea, Andrea discovered that she carried the BRCA2 gene that can cause specifically breast and ovarian cancer. Andrea had a full hysterectomy and a double mastectomy; basal cell carcinoma was found. She would have never known without all of the genetic testing that Greyson sparked – Greyson saved his mom’s life.
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