DRAFFENVILLE – To Davalene Fulks, LPN in the HomeCare department at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, the story of Brandon Holder is a touching reminder of why she is in the health care field.
Holder was born with a rare disease affecting his muscle tone and his parents were told he would not live past infancy, congenital Amyoplasia. MCCH Home Health admitted him to their services with private duty nurses when he came home from the hospital. They have been with him since, even at school.
Now, Brandon is celebrating 18 years of life and is about to graduate from Marshall County High School thanks to his will to live and the support of the MCCH Home Health team.
Holder also suffered from Hypercapnia, a condition where there is too much carbon dioxide in the blood.
“He has had nursing care five to seven days a week since he first came home from the hospital,” Fulks said. “Now he has succeeded with two milestones in his life, is planning to enroll in college and has touched many lives through his story.”
To celebrate, the HomeCare department is throwing Holder a giant birthday/graduation party today (May 8) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. All family, friends and supporters are encouraged to stop by to celebrate and wish him well as he prepares for college.
Per Holder’s request, the party is western-themed.
“Brandon is an amazing young man with courage and a great sense of humor,” said Kaye Clark, RN and Director of HomeCare services. “He is a hero and an inspiration to all of us. We encourage everyone to come out Tuesday to celebrate his triumphs.”
Marshall County High School’s graduation ceremony will be held May 18 in the high school gymnasium. The event will begin at 7 p.m.