Boomer doggedly pursues his recovery with support from Children’s
Brooke Holmbeck gave birth to her son Boomer at 28 weeks because she was suffering from preeclampsia, a disease in pregnant women that can cause high blood pressure. After about a year and a half, Boomer had not met key developmental milestones. A neurologist diagnosed Boomer with schizencephaly, a developmental birth defect, and cerebral palsy.
Spasticity in his legs made him unable to walk without a walker. He also couldn’t use his left arm, which was turned away from his body with the hand in a fist.
Boomer and Brooke moved from Florida to Locust Grove, Ga., when he was 4 years old. Brooke went to Dr.Timonthy Oswald, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Egleston hospital, to get help for her son. She only expected Dr. Oswald to help Boomer manage his condition as he got older.