"He loves getting them. He asks almost every day, 'Did I get a package?'" says mom Haley Schneider.
Noah Schneider, who is only five-years-old, was born with cystic fibrosis -- an inherited, life-threatening disease that damages the lungs, digestive system, and other organs. On December 30th, he also tested positive for Coronavirus. According to Good Morning America, Noah's nearing the end of his battle with the virus, but mom Haley Schneider said that Noah often runs out of breath. Since Noah's limited to a hospital bed in Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, he indulges in activities like arts and crafts. However, he is now requesting people to send him stickers and notes of encouragement.
According to GoFundMe, his condition got so bad in between that doctors had prepared his family for the worst: On top of Covid and his Cystic Fibrosis Noah was in really bad shape and the doctors even prepared the family for the possibility of him not being able to recover. One friend requested people to send in stickers to Noah to cheer him up, and since then, he's been overwhelmed by the response. "He's gotten five cards, but nurses gave him [stickers] and now he has a couple thousand," Haley, of Yuba City, California, said. "He loves getting them. He asks almost every day, 'Did I get a package?'"
His courage is what keeps the family going. "He doesn't let anything get him down," she added. "He was sedated and still giving people a thumbs up." All the love and support towards Noah for the cards and stickers has been so amazing and he loves getting his packages. The family is very appreciative of all of this and are so happy to see him smile. Of course, all they are thinking about is him healing but in reality, they need help too. Noah's mom Haley stays with him at the hospital, while his dad Andrew is at home with Noah's brother and sister taking care of the house and working to make ends meet, the GoFundMe post says.
Haley added that she knew her husband Andrew had a mutated gene that could cause Cystic Fibrosis, since Andrew's daughter from a previous relationship, Ashlynn, 7, has the same condition. Since he was born, Noah has been hospitalized close to 35 times and on a ventilator 20 times, Haley said. "Due to Noah's frequent need of a ventilator during admissions, he received a trach [tube] in his throat Oct. 27, 2020, so it would be easier to ventilate without actually having to intubate him," she added. On December 15th last year, Noah's dad Andrew tested positive for Coronavirus. Though he quarantined at home, Haley believes Noah was exposed before his father tested positive.
When Noah began requiring more oxygen than he was getting at home, Haley rushed him to the hospital where he tested positive. He still remains a patient there. However, his condition is improving and his ventilator is in minimal settings. "He's awake during the day, sleeps at night. He's not on any sedation medication," she added. "He's up in bed, playing." Noah's been happier with all the mail he's received. Some of Noah's favorite characters are from Paw Patrol, Spider-Man, and Toy Story. He also loves animals, trucks, and emergency vehicles. Hopefully, he gets to go home soon!
If you'd like to mail stickers and a note to Noah, please send to:
Sutter Medical Center
ATTN: Noah and Haley Schneider
2825 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, California 95816
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