Logan's Pit Crew heads to Wichita for Hydrocephalus Awareness - KOAM TV 7

Logan's Pit Crew heads to Wichita for Hydrocephalus Awareness


Imagine your baby having a life threatening disease, but having virtually no symptoms. For one Parsons family -- their 10-month old son's condition was hardly noticeable, but a surgery saved his life. Now they're raising money to bring awareness to the disease.

Looking at 10-month-old Logan Whitaker...playing with his toys and just about ready to walk, it would be hard to tell the experience he went through just months ago.

"It was 10 days after his 6 month checkup with a new doctor. And they told us his head and grew a centimeter in just those 10 days. His soft spot was all swollen. So we went in and had the CT scan done." says his mother, Danae Whitaker.

The results showed logan was suffering with Hydrocephalus, where excess fluid is present in the brain.

"There's a system of fluid spaces in the brain that's normally filled with spinal fluid, but sometimes there's more fluid and more pressure than normal" says Dr. Ellen Nichols of Freeman Health System.

In June - Logan underwent brain surgery in Kansas City, where a shunt was put in his brain to help relive the pressure and remove the fluid. Logan's family says he's still happy and healthy...but there is always the risk that the shunt could malfunction.

"The patient could develop new symptoms of hydrocephalus including headache, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, that sort of thing. And they need to get medical treatment quickly." Dr. Nichols says.

"It's always a scary thing cause you never know when it could malfunction or when an infection may develop. So it's kind of a scary thing now that he has it." Danae says.

Since his surgery the family put together "Logan's Pit Crew" and will be walking in Witchita to support Hydrocephalus awareness.

"Everyone here loves this little guy. So they're glad to do whatever they can to help as well." says Logan's Grandmother, Stephanie Carter.

The 30 member team heads to Wichita...with Logan leading the way...on Saturday morning.

Family and friends of the Whitakers have raised $1100 to support hydrocephalus research.

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