D’Marion, also known as “Mari,” is a hero in every form of the word. To everyone he meets, he is an example of bravery and strength. An actual real-life hero to his family and friends – Mari fittingly loves superheroes, especially Batman and Superman.
Mari’s courageous journey began when he was born full term, but with low blood platelets. A scan the next day revealed he had a cyst on his brain and he was sent to Nationwide Children’s Hospital right away. Four months later, he underwent surgery to have a Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) Shunt placed to help drain cerebrospinal fluid from certain areas of the brain.
When Mari was a little over two years old he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP). At three, Mari was also diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease, a form of heart disease, and shortly after started having seizures and received another diagnosis, this time Epilepsy.
Now 10 years old, Mari doesn’t let his disabilities get the best of him or stop him from being the best kid he can be. He is spunky, full of energy and loves to laugh.
“Nationwide Children’s has been a blessing to my family. The staff that we have encountered is amazing and knowledgeable. I never feel like I do not know what is going on. The members of the CP Team have been so good to our family. They are very informative and call just to check on us. Any time I feel like I want to make sure things are good with Mari or maybe have a test done, they are ready to do it. Everyone loves Mari. I am so grateful that I live in Columbus and that I have Nationwide Children’s Hospital locally,” says Angel, Mari’s mom.
The Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an interdisciplinary clinic devoted to providing state of the art holistic care for children, adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy. The CP Program emphasizes excellence in clinical care while focusing on translational research to improve outcomes for children and adults with CP.
Mari’s hometown of Reynoldsburg started a sports group for special needs kids called “The Superheroes.” They play baseball, softball, flag football and soccer. Mari has played soccer for them since they started the team and recently joined the flag football team, too.