Brandon Smalling was born extremely premature, weighed 1.5 pounds and spent the first three months of his life in Tucson Medical Center. Two weeks prior to his original due date, Brandon was sent home, but his visits to the hospital didn’t end.
Additional complications led to eye surgery, and Brandon donned his first pair of glasses at just six months old. At two years, Brandon developed sleep apnea and would stop breathing throughout the night, but surgery helped and improved other speech problems. Continued physical, occupational and speech therapy were instrumental over the next few years to ensure that complications related to his birth and subsequent health problems wouldn’t hinder his future.
Today Brandon is a thriving, energetic 15-year-old who this year is beginning his Freshman year of High School. He will be attending Tanque Verde High School. 2009 CMN Champion Child