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Two weeks ago, 8-year-old Caleb Pack slipped into a coma after going into cardiac arrest.
His family has been “waiting on a miracle” ever since, said Michelle Vaughn, who works with Caleb’s mother, Robin, at Evergreen Child Care.
Caleb has suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for about four years, and the disease weakened his immune system. Caleb had recently been sick, and became severely dehydrated, Vaughn said. The dehydration caused Caleb to go into cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and he has been in a coma since then, Vaughn said.
“[The JRA] never slowed him down,” Vaughn said. “He wanted to be like any other kid. He’s very active, and he has such a genuine smile.”
Vaughn said she, coworker Brittany Stumph and the other employees at Evergreen have been praying for the family and wanted to share Caleb’s story with the community.
Caleb’s parents, Robin and Rick, have been staying at the Ronald McDonald house near Kosair Children’s Hospital, where Caleb is, in Louisville. Caleb has three siblings — an older brother, Cody, and two older sisters, Alana, a student at Anderson County Middle School, and Kimberly Silverio of Hickory, N.C.
Caleb, Alana and their parents are new to Lawrenceburg. They moved to the area from West Virginia in August.
“They’ve been amazed by the community support,” said Lynne Gritton, the school counselor at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, where Caleb attends.
Gritton called Caleb a “sweetie pie” and said he adjusted very well to his new school and made plenty of friends.
“He’s just a joy,” Gritton said. “And we’re all praying for him. We’re praying and hoping for the best.”
Gritton spoke with Caleb’s mother last Wednesday, and Robin wanted to thank the community for its support.
Caleb is a big wrestling fan, and his mother wanted the community to know how much he loves school and his teacher, Amy Adkins, Gritton said.
Robin has been keeping an online journal to update friends and family members on Caleb’s condition. To see the journal, visit caringbridge.org and search for “calebpack” or access the site directly at www.caringbridge.org/visit/calebpack.
Caleb’s page has received nearly 2,000 visits, and friends and family members have been leaving inspirational messages on a daily basis.
For those who wish to support the Pack family emotionally and financially, donations are being accepted into the account of Richard and Roberta Pack at Woodforest Bank, located inside Walmart.
“Caleb is so sweet and caring, and the family is very appreciative,” Vaughn said. “They’re a very close family, and they’re relying on their faith and waiting on a miracle right now.”
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