After watching her son dance the evening away at a family wedding, Amy Shaw expected him to be tired the next day. But nothing prepared the Kentucky mom of five for what was to come.Screenshot/WDRB
As WDRB reports, 7-year-old Wyatt was the ring bearer at his uncle’s wedding in early October. He was lively and excited, and he even stole the show by grabbing a moment with the bride during the last dance. His grandmother told the News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, Kentucky:
“He was perfectly fine. He danced all night. He was so outgoing. He has just got the sweetest nature.”
The day after the wedding, Wyatt was groggy. He complained of stomach pains and a headache, and he spent most of the day napping and watching cartoons. His family didn’t think anything was amiss, chalking it up to the excitement of the day before and too much wedding cake.
But after Wyatt went to bed that night, his mother wasn’t able to wake him again. In the video below, Amy told WDRB how frightened she was when Wyatt wouldn’t respond the next day:
“Monday I tried to wake him up, and he fell back to sleep. [I’d say], ‘Wyatt, Wyatt, Wyatt!’ And he fell back to sleep again.”
Wyatt had fallen into a deep sleep that would last 11 days.
His worried family took him to the Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, where doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. Tests for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and disease all came back negative.
The second-grader endured multiple MRIs, three spinal taps, a toxin panel, and five EEGs. Doctors spoke to colleagues in London and at the Mayo Clinic. But the reason for Wyatt’s long sleep remained a mystery. Wyatt’s grandmother told the News-Enterprise:
“The doctor in London said he has seen a child sleep for as long as 10 days without waking up and Wyatt slept for 11. I said he was such a competitor that he wanted to break that 10-day record so he did. This doctor said, chances are, Wyatt would wake up and nothing would ever be found.”
Eventually, drugs used to treat seizures helped wake Wyatt, but the experts still don’t know what caused his condition. Now, the previously energetic boy has difficulty walking and speaking. However, his mother says he’s improving every day.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family with expenses during Wyatt’s recovery. Others in Wyatt’s hometown of Elizabethtown are sponsoring fundraisers as well.
Amy told WDRB that it’s possible they’ll never know what happened to her son, but for now, the priority is helping him get stronger.
“They said, ‘We’ll probably never know, but we’re just going to treat him now with rehab to get him better.'”