(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
family as he celebrated his first birthday on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Every new born baby is a miracle of life, but when that baby has to
begin life fighting for survival, the miracle becomes even more special.
Cameron, the son of Tillman and Lisa Sharp of Lost Cane, was born three
months early at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
As the Sharps were waiting for their new baby and making plans for his
arrival a few months down the road, the calendar was changed and they
spent the next five months back and forth to the hospital.
Mrs. Sharp had an infection that caused her to deliver early. She spent
several days in the hospital but the labor could not be stopped.
"Even though it was early, I guess he was ready to be born," Mrs. Sharp
Cameron weighed 1 pound and 15 ounces and measured 14-1/2 inches.
"The doctors told us to expect the worst, but hope for the best," Mrs.
Sharp said. "That was all we could do. He was a week old before we even
got to hold him."
Cameron had to battle pneumonia when he was only two weeks old. Just
when he got over pneumonia, he had to have heart surgery, a PDA
liagation. He was one month and four days old when he had his first surgery. One
week after surgery, Cameron was able to be taken off the ventilator.
Cameron was two months old before he could even wear clothes. The
family spent lastChristmas in the hospital.
Mr. Sharp had to go back to work and Mrs. Sharp made daily visits to
the hospital. When Mr. Sharp was off work, they spent all the time they
could visiting with their son and encouraging him to improve.
The Sharps expressed their appreciation for their family, friends and
neighbors that helped them.
"I had worked at the Manila Nursing Center and they had a baby shower
planned," she said. "It just so happened that Cameron was a week old on
the date that had been set. They brought me a money tree. Also several
neighbors gave us money to help with the gas expense back and forth to
Cameron underwent laser eye surgery on both eyes at the age of three
Finally, after the longest five months of their lives, the Sharps got
to bring their son home on March 5. He came home on oxygen weighing 10
A home nurse made visits to the Sharp home three times a week for the
first six weeks.
Cameron continued to improve and was ready to be taken off oxygen in
May. A therapist still comes once a week to their home to work with him.
He is catching up fast. He now has his first tooth and is beginning to
crawl and pull up. His first words included "eat," "Dada," and "bye
Cameron weighed 17-1/2 pounds and measured 27-1/2 inches as he
celebrated his first birthday.
When Cameron goes to Memphis for follow up visits, his parents take him
by to visit the nurses in the hospital that took such good care of him
during his long stay.
"They really got close to him in those five months," Mrs. Sharp said.
"They call him a little miracle."
A birthday celebration in his favorite cartoon character's "Winnie the
Pooh" theme was held at the Manila Park on Sunday with Cameron's family
and friends .
The Sharps agree that they have a lot to celebrate.
Cameron is the grandson of Betty and Junior Sharp of Manila and Sam and
Darlene Page of Batesville.