Battling Bruin: Carter

Posted March 2016

At three weeks old, Carter stopped breathing and turned blue. She had contracted an illness known as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In the UCLA Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Carter was placed on breathing and feeding tubes, and underwent various breathing treatments for 10 days.

At age two, Carter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to the lack of oxygen to her brain because of her RSV. When she turned three years old, a genetic test revealed she had PurA syndrome, a genetic mutation that only she and 40 other children in the world have.

Carter has had a full schedule of therapy since she was one year old. She currently does physical, occupational and speech therapy. We have tried neuro feedback, oxygen therapy, infant stimulation and a center-based program, but riding horses is her favorite therapy.

Carter recently started preschool with the assistance of a one-on-one aid. She is now starting to explore, walk and form words. Carter is progressing and developing more than most doctors thought would ever be possible, and her determination is inspiring. She has an infectious giggle and her red hair matches her fiery personality. Carter has taught our entire family many valuable lessons and has helped us focus on the important things in life. Our little girl is a miracle in every way and we are thankful the Lord has allowed this angel to bless us and everyone she encounters.

Carter’s father is Will Peddie ‘06, UCLA Football alumnus 2002-06, and Director of UCLA Football Operations for the 2006-2015 seasons.

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. The UCLA Spirit Squad would like to celebrate Carter as our Battling Bruin!

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