Heydan was ill from the time he was a baby. He was not growing, was constantly sick and was diagnosed as failure to thrive. As his mother I would bring him over and over to the doctor trying to figure out what was wrong. After numerous surgeries and hospital admissions, Heydan was diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency called Common Variable Immunodeficiency and Hypogammaglobulinemia. When we first started attending immunology appointments at the Hospital for Sick Children I thought he may grow out of this and not need any further treatment. When he turned five, we were told he would have to be given a blood product to give him the immunoglobulins he was lacking. The Intravenous Immunoglobulins also called IVIG would be given once a month. I was nervous at first for him to begin these infusions but knew he needed it for his health. Heydan was very tiny, with a low body weight and he was not very tall. Since starting IVIG he has gained pounds and grown many inches. He is a thriving seven year old boy thanks to blood donation. Since his diagnosis, I routinely donate as a way to give back.
Heydan and IVIG