By Elizabeth Keys
Baby Nash loves to smile — and he gurgles with joy from the love surrounding him. But, after nine surgeries in the first 14 months of his life, he faces an uncertain future.
Nash is the son of Ripley High School and Oklahoma State University graduate Eric Romine and his wife, Caressa. With two active older sisters, 3-year-old Tinsley and 2-year-old Aubrey, Nash was expected to take the world by storm when he was born on March 26. An unexpected genetic disorder, L1 Syndrome which affects the neurological systems of the body, changed his family’s dreams. Nash has been fighting for his life ever since his birth with hydrocephalus. He was life-flighted to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center where a shunt was placed when he was 3-days-old.
After surgery number seven, physicians explained to the family that Nash’s right frontal brain lobe is missing and isn’t allowing him to grow and function according to developmental schedules.
His cousin, 2012 Ripley High School graduate Courtney Romine who is a student on the Northern Oklahoma College campus at OSU said “we are going to love him for a long as he is here with us and be thankful for the time we have with him.”
His grandparents, Loyd and Sheila Romine, are pitching in to help their son’s family as Eric and Caressa spend so much time at doctors and in the hospital with Nash. Eric continues to teach and coach in Fletcher but Caressa had to quit her job to devote her full attention to Nash and his medical condition.
Loyd and Sheila have lived in the Payne County area all their lives and met at OSU more than 40 years ago. Loyd works for the city of Stillwater. They are requesting prayers for Eric and Caressa’s family as the couple faces the challenges of parenting Nash. At the Mehan Union Church, members have lifted up the family with prayers and “we appreciate all who have shown support,” Sheila said.
More prayers are needed as Nash has hit a rough spot where he is failing to thrive with medical bills and extra expenses continuing to mount. An account has been set up at Stillwater National Bank to support the family in their struggles. Donations may be given for Nash through the Stillwater National Bank Account #1674743, P.O. Box 1988, Stillwater, Okla. 74076 or brought to any of the bank’s locations.