And then tragedy struck. While swimming at a local beach, Keylan nearly drowned after being underwater for 10 minutes. Keylan was rushed to Children’s Hospital for treatment but remained unconscious and on a breathing ventilator for the next several days. Keylan eventually came to, but still has a long recovery road ahead. Keylan is still at the hospital, on a feeding tube, and receiving daily therapy because he needs to relearn how to talk, move, and walk.
Kiera, Keylan’s mother, works almost 40 hours per week during the day and then spends every overnight sleeping at the hospital with Keylan. Linda watches over Temple and Darren, making sure Temple’s homework is done and going with Darren on his daycare field trip outings.
Through all of this, Linda and Kiera choose to remain positive and everyday give thanks that Keylan is alive and recovering. Linda says, “I do not think we would be keeping it together if we did not have the overwhelming support of Mary Jo and Mary’s Place in our lives. I thank God everyday that we are in a safe environment, do not currently have to worry about bills/food/rent, and that Temple and Darren have a safe environment to make friends and play. Just the other week, Keylan was able to say his first word to my daughter… “Mom”… And we’re hoping, God-willing, that he can come back home to us in a short while.”
**While at Mary’s Place, Kiera became a manager at Guaranty Bank before they moved into their new home. Their hard work and strong family bond helped them through one of the toughest time of their lives.**