Super Jenson

Super Jenson and toy bear

Sometimes it may seem like the odds are against us, but that is when the most extraordinary superheroes show us what they can do. Meet one such TinySuperhero: Super Jenson!

“In February, Super Jenson had an accident and had to be airlifted to a specialist burns hospital,” says Super Parent Jessica. “He suffered severe scalds on 94 percent of his body and was given a 3 percent chance of survival. A few days later, when the surgeons were performing an operation, they discovered that half of his bowel had died due to shock. A week later, a little more had died, leaving Super Jenson with small bowel syndrome. In addition to that, Super Jenson had no skin for several weeks. He was covered in dressings and very high risk of infection. It’s unusual to have the burns and gastro issues at the same time, so a lot of the treatment was trial and error. There were points when we thought he would never make it. He was in intensive care for a number of weeks.”

Super Jenson needed several skin grafts, stoma creation, and numerous central lines inserted for TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition). However, he was not responding well to anesthetic. 

Says Jessica, “For some unknown reason, his lungs couldn’t quite cope. It was a struggle to sedate him. But Super Jenson has been so brave. He fought so hard to stay with us, and he has overcome every obstacle with such determination.

“He is still on TPN for 16 hours a day so we have to be very careful when he is attached. But since leaving the hospital, Super Jenson has learned to stand up and walk holding furniture. He is very quick shuffling along the floor! He is also eating a lot better and is taking fluids again after stopping for a number of weeks in hospital. He is absolutely loving being home with his family where he belongs.”

It’s easy to see why. Super Jenson’s family is full of superheroes! 

“Super Jenson’s big brother Teddy, who was two years old at the time of the accident, is a real life superhero, too,” Jessica explains. “He saved Super Jenson’s life, and if it wasn’t for him coming to tell us what was happening, Super Jenson wouldn’t be here today. I will never be able to repay him, but I am so honoured to have such a loving, thoughtful little boy. Super Sibling Teddy, as well as Super Jenson’s Super twin Jaxson, had to stay with Nanny for six weeks after the accident. They found it tough without Mummy and Daddy. Now, however, it’s been two weeks back as a family, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

There is one activity that this family does together that has especially helped Super Jenson shine. 

“Super Jenson’s favourite song is ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I,” says Jessica. “We used to play it at night before bedtime, and the boys would dance around the living room. After Super Jenson’s accident, we used to play it to him in the hospital. The surgeons played it after surgery. Now, he dances to it once again!

“It’s still a long road ahead. There will be multiple surgeries to release the scarring on Super Jenson’s skin. We are unsure what will happen with his bowel, but have our fingers crossed and have every hope that he will continue to progress. I’ve never met another human being as strong willed and brave as Super Jenson, let alone a child. He’s so funny and absolutely beautiful! He amazes me everyday in how he overcomes everything that challenges him.”

Amazing, Super Jenson! Huge thanks to Super Jenson, Jessica, and family for sharing this incredible story with us. 

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