The Louisiana boy that was born without a brain died Monday at the age of 12.
Trevor Judge Waltrip was born on Christmas Eve 2001, with just a brain stem and hydranencephaly. It’s a rare condition in which the brain’s cerebral hemispheres are absent, replaced by sacs filled with cerebro-spinal fluid. The brain stem allowed Trevor to breathe, respond to some stimulus, and maintain a heartbeat.
There’s no cure or treatment for hydranencephaly.
Trevor was blind and unable to verbally communicate, but could breathe on his own and respond to some stimuli.
Doctors were unsure if he would make it 12 weeks, but to their surprise he went beyond their prediction. At 17 months, his physician Larry Daniels said that he was very unique to have survived that long, considering babies born with this condition generally don’t live to birth.”
In 2005, his mother said he was doing well, gaining weight and had 15 teeth, “and he does bite, so he does know what he’s doing.”
Trevor was able to live for 12 years with the help of a feeding tube and therapists who stimulated his muscles and joints.
Since Trevor Judge Waltrip’s passing, his family is asking for help to cover funeral costs. Donations can be made to any Chase Bank under the “Trevor Judge Waltrip Donation Account.” There is also a GoFundMe page set up for donations.
Arrangements have been made for the boy’s death, with funeral services being held on Saturday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Rose-Neath’s Southside Chapel, 2500 Southside Drive.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 29 from 5-7 p.m., also at Rose-Neath Southside Chapel.
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