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Community rallies around Ross family after health scare at school


By Alisha Thompson
Davis High School student Preston Ross remains at the Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, after a 30 minute seizure put him on a medical journey to find out why he is sick.
Preston had the seizure at school on Oct. 27. From there, Preston went to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore and was then flown to Cook Children’s Hospital on a ventilator. His heart rate was high and doctors were waiting to see if he suffered brain damage.
Preston was slowly taken off sedation and a battery of tests were performed to determine there was no brain damage, but he had an issue with his heart. Two days later, Preston was taken off the ventilator and he was out of ICU. He suffered an aggravating set back from what is referred to as ICU Delirium, leaving him confused and agitated for a little while. He also had a staph infection from the ventilator that required an extra round of antibiotics. On, Oct. 31, Preston was well enough to play video games and happy to have the chance to relax.
The family learned that Preston’s family did have a heart condition that could be linked to his heart issues. However, after a procedure to look at his heart, his diagnosis is still unknown. He had surgery on Monday to have a defibrilator and for 6 weeks he will have to remain still so the defibrilator will set itself correctly in Preston’s heart.
Preston’s life will look very different now. He won’t be able to play sports and will have to be cautious about activities that could affect his heart. Preston will remain in the hospital until the end of November, possibly later. The doctors told his family he will be released when it is safe for him to go home.
Since then, doctors have said the quick action of Davis High School Principal Trey Owens and local volunteer firemen performing CPR saved Preston’s life since he was unresponsive during the seizure for around 15 minutes.
Doctors have called Preston a miracle and his family is beyond grateful for the community of Davis that has rallied around their family while Preston has been sick. Friends and family have found several different ways to help the family since they are not working and staying in Fort Worth to be with Preston.
There is a benefit account at Vision bank for Preston Ross. Those wishing to make a donation at Vision Bank can go to any Vision Bank and donate directly to the “Benefit Account for Preston Ross.” Checks can also be made to the “Benefit Account for Preston Ross.”
There is a Facebook page called “Help Destiny’s personal emergency fundraiser,” where donations can be made that will be given directly to the Ross family. A total of $2,450 has been raised for the family with a goal of $3,000.
Those wishing to donate directly to Preston’s mother, Tiffany Ross, can do so by the Cash App at $Tiffanyross08 or through Venmo at @Tiffany-Ross-146.
Updates regarding Preston’s progress are given, almost daily, on the “Help Destiny’s personal emergency fundraiser” page.

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