Benefit planned Saturday for Elijah Morris and family
By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Having nearly lost his life this past April from a bacterial blood infection, Elijah Morris will be celebrating his second birthday Aug. 12 a day before a benefit planned for the family.
Elijah, who spent three months at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, came home July 15 and has made the transition into his new surroundings and the limitations he has quite smoothly.
“Elijah is doing really, really good,” said his father, Mark Morris.
The complications and symptoms Elijah endured that came with meningitis, included a loss of blood supply to his extremities causing gangrene. Therefore, Elijah had his fingers on his left hand amputated, along with half of his right foot, and the toes on his left foot.
There is still a possibility that he will need to have more of his left foot amputated depending on how much healthy tissue is left, explained Elijah’s mother Brenda. They hope to know by the end of the month, she said.
“It’s going to be a long road yet, with extensive rehabilitation,” Mark added. Elijah has occupational therapy two days a week.
If all goes well, Elijah will have plaster casts placed on his feet temporarily so that he can obtain range of motion once again. Eventually, he will be fitted for prosthetics and possibly be learning to walk by December.
Elijah is still a happy and active toddler who is having fun being a big brother to his 2-month-old baby brother, Gabriel.
“He loves to play and is very joyful despite what he’s been through,” Mark said, noting that Elijah is playing and using his left hand more and more each day. He even walks around on his knees.
Support from the community
Throughout all the family has endured, the community has been there supporting the Morris family, which grew to four with the birth of Gabriel June 5.
The family recently moved to Cokato from Dassel with the help of many, including a large group of volunteers from Elim Mission Church.
“It was a really quick move,” Mark said, noting that with all the help, it only took two hours.
To help the family financially with the large medical bills expected, Mary Kay Morris, Mark’s aunt, along with members of Crossroads, have organized a benefit for the community to attend.
The “Little e Big G” fundraiser that will take place Saturday, Aug. 13 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church (west of Cokato on Highway 12).
“We knew there was a need out there that the community could help them with,” Mary Kay said, adding that Elijah is a testament to the power of prayer.
The event will include a pork chop supper, silent auction, music, and games for “all-around fun for the whole family.”
“We’re just so thankful for the interest and support in Elijah,” Brenda said.