AVON LAKE — Wyatt Lademann turns 2 in a couple months and has a lot to say, despite skull surgery where doctors removed the top bone from his head and inserted plates to correct a birth defect.
Just like every other toddler, Wyatt sometimes is a little hard to understand.
He is learning new words every day, and he is especially excited about his 6-year-old sister Marleigh and 4-year-old brother Kaeden.
“He loves to talk about his sister and brother,” said mom Jennifer Lademann.
The family hopes Wyatt will live a normal life, despite his diagnosis of sagittal craniosynostosis when he was 12 months old.
About 1 out of 2,000 babies are born with the condition in which one or more of the fibrous sutures in an infant skull prematurely fuses by turning into bone, changing the growth pattern of the skull.
Wyatt’s surgery on July 29 was 7½ hours. Doctors at Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital removed the top bone from his head and inserted plates to make room for the new bone to grow.
The youngster was in the hospital for 13 days and had to return two weeks later after developing a high-grade fever.
He now has a soft spot on the top of the head awaiting new bone structure to fill the gap.
The family also is closely watching the prognosis for a related condition called chiarti, which is marked by narrowing of the channels for spinal fluid.
Jennifer Lademann and her husband, Owen, are grateful for a support group called Craniocarebears.
It provides care packages for parents containing items they never thought they might need, including pajamas that zip or button at the front.
Jennifer Lademann said she is grateful for the help from family, friends and coworkers, along with staff at Vermillion Elementary School, where her sister Jaci Hayne is a teacher.
All have helped raise funds and materials for the support group along with Pure Barre Avon.
Several Girl Scout groups are targeting the support group with efforts to raise funds or supplies, she said.