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Family of struggling newborn seeks financial help

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Premature baby suffering from meningitis, pneumonia

By Ben Carlson

News staff

Wyatt Perry’s first month of life has been a struggle, to say the least.

The infant son of Brian and Cheryl Perry was born just 22 months into his mom’s pregnancy, has spent the first four weeks of his life in an incubator and, just before the new year, developed serious medical issues that include having meningitis in his spinal and brain fluids, according to his grandmother, Lawrenceburg resident Sherry Perry.

“His right lung has also collapsed and he has developed pneumonia in it,” Perry said Monday morning. “He’s now on a breathing machine.”

Perry said the child’s parents are “holding up best they can,” but are facing mounting medical bills and travel expenses while their child fights for his life at the University of Louisville Hospital.

The grandmother has sent up an account at Century Bank in Lawrenceburg, and says the family needs all the prayers it can receive, along with donations.

“They have insurance but it only pays 80 percent,” Perry said. “It will be a doozy of a medical bill and his mom’s off work, so they only have one income coming in.

“We pray every day that he will be OK, and ask that if anyone wishes to help out this family, they will.”

The child’s father, Brian, is a native of Anderson County but has since moved to Shelbyville. He and his wife, Cheryl, have to drive to Louisville every day to be with their son, including transporting breast milk for the child.

“They freeze it at the hospital and will use that to feed him when he’s well enough to be fed,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the family has been in crisis. In 2009, the child’s father was seriously injured when a horse and buddy he was in on Paxton Ridge Road crashed, resulting in serious head injuries.

“He’s made a 100 percent recovery,” Sherry Perry said.

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Want to help?
Donations are being accepted for Wyatt Perry, the 1-month-old child of Brian and Cheryl Perry and grandson of Sherry Perry.
An account has been set up at Century Bank in Lawrenceburg to accept the donations.
Check donations should be made out to “Sherry Perry for Baby Wyatt.”
Century Bank is located at 201 West Woodford St. and at Anderson Crossing Plaza, inside of Kroger.