Two years ago, Paul and Kelli Bloomquist adopted their son, Noah, who is described as a sweet and gentle little boy. This happy 6-year-old developed his determined attitude quickly in life, having faced hardships before finding his home with the Bloomquists.
Due to injuries sustained prior to being adopted, Noah suffered multiple massive strokes resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury causing paralysis on the left side of his body. The damage was so significant that Noah was actually missing a large portion of his skull at the time he was adopted.
"Based on his MRI results alone, every specialist in the Midwest that we have seen in the past two years has said that Noah is a walking miracle," said Kelli.
Despite his difficult past, Noah keeps triumphing over adversity. In between singing and building with blocks, Noah continues to achieve huge milestones, all with a smile on his face.
"We never imagined that he'd walk, write his name, spell or even be able to have a focused conversation, but thanks to Dr. Noble's willingness to work with Noah along with the Blank's Children's Outpatient Therapy clinic in Ankeny, Noah can now do all of those things," said Kelli.
Noah even began playing T-ball this past summer. While it takes him a little longer to run the bases, Noah is always cheered on by teammates and fans alike.
"As a special needs parent not only to Noah, but also to five other children, I can not even begin to thank Blank Children's Hospital for everything they have done to help my children, medically, but also in becoming independent and successful through therapies," said Kelli.
And when he's not on the field, Noah avidly cheers on the Iowa State Cyclones. To proudly display his Cyclone loyalty, Noah takes his picture with the "Cy" statues in Ames every chance he gets.
"Noah is truly an inspiration for his determination and for all that he has overcome," said Kelli. "Being a Kid Captain is truly a dream come true for him."