Beatrice Teen Shares Story about Life-Threatening Infection
Trevor Sedlacek is one of many Make-A-Wish kidsPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - Make-A-Wish Nebraska is celebrating its 30th year of granting wishes. When the organization started they were granting about three wishes a year. Now they grant about 115 wishes a year.
KMTV Action 3 News Anchor Jennifer Griswold will be emceeing their annual Blue Jean Ball on Saturday, April 6th at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. They are still taking limited reservations during the day on Friday. Jennifer has gotten the opportunity to meet inspiring people through this organization, like Trevor Sedlacek.
The 19-year-old athlete from Beatrice suddenly started getting very sick during his senior year. Doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. After tests, they realized he had about 100 brain lesions. There were small infections covering his brain.
The decided he needed emergency surgery. Trevor Sedlacek told us, "as soon as the antibiotics started actually working that caused my brain to swell because it was healing the lesions in order for my brain to swell they had to take out the front two pieces of my skull."
Trevor says doctors gave him a five percent chance of surviving, and they didn't know how he'd be if he did make it.
But Trevor made a full recovery.
Make-A-Wish decided to grant Trevor a wish. He wanted to meet the Kansas Jayhawks. He even got to see them in the 2012 Final Four game and Championship game in New Orleans. Trevor says he cherishes those memories, and the chance to take a trip with his parents.
While fighting back tears, Trevor said, "They didn't know what was going to happen to me when I was in the hospital and sick and my mom actually slept by me every night in my hospital. I knew it was hard for them just as much as it was hard for me, and I just wanted them to have fun with me too."
Midland University honored Trevor's football scholarship. He is now on the team as a kicker. He told us, "Pretty much all the lesions are gone, pretty much they think the big ones are just scar tissue so I'm getting better every day."
If you can't make it to the Blue Jean Ball, you can still donate to Make-A-Wish Nebraska.