Receiving notes of encouragement and stickers is helping Noah Schneider keep his spirits high through the last stretch of recovery.
Noah Schneider is a five-year-old kid who has been in and out of the hospital since the day he was born. Born with cystic fibrosis, Noah is a familiar face at Sutter Health Medical Center in Sacramento. Recently, the little boy also caught the COVID-19 virus and has now been battling twice as hard. He has now slowly but surely been recovering from the novel virus and could use a bit of encouragement. Noah is not asking for much by way of encouragement though. All he wants is for people to send him stickers and kind notes to get him through the last stretch of recovery.
A little boy who's currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is requesting for people to send him stickers and notes of encouragement as he nears the end of his fight. https://t.co/JmHPm5mJ7h— ABC News (@ABC) February 16, 2021
"He's gotten five cards, but nurses gave him [stickers] and now he has a couple thousand," Haley Schneider, Noah's mom told Good Morning America. "He loves getting them. He asks almost every day, 'Did I get a package?'" Paw Patrol and Spiderman are a few of his favorites. He is bedridden and has difficulty breathing. So the only activities he can enjoy are building, crafting, and stickers. It was one of Schneider's friends who first asked people on Facebook to send Noah stickers. His spirits have been lifted since receiving mail with stickers inside, his mother stated.
Noah was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis which is a rare genetic condition that causes severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems, according to Healthline. Both his parents had the mutated gene and when Schneider was 18 weeks pregnant, it was found that Noah had cystic fibrosis. He has been hospitalized 35 times and had to be put on ventilator 20 times. This condition made Noah even more susceptible to the coronavirus. In December, his father, Andrew tested positive and quarantined at home. But Schnieder believes Noah was exposed to the virus much before this.
"When we came in, the doctors were baffled because they were like this was the sickest COVID case we've had," she explained to ABC10. "In the United States in general, they don’t know much about pediatric COVID because there haven’t been many extreme pediatric cases." Noah was still in a tough place after 10 days of treatment. "They were just like, 'Noah’s on a fence, and he’s going to sway to the left or he's going to sway to the right and nothing more that we can do to help him, but Noah’s going to tell us which way he’s going to go," Schneider said. "Noah’s been through so much in his little life. If it was going to happen, it was going to happen and I was doing my best to accept it."
But the resilient little boy pulled through. "He completely turned around for the better," his mother added. "He was up and playing." DeeDee Rodigo, a child life specialist at the hospital, said.: "His COVID diagnosis focused our team to become even more cohesive in supporting Noah and his family's needs without every staff member being in his room. Giving Noah ways to participate in his care has given him control and mastery in a setting where control is very limited. Seeing how this has boosted his confidence and increased his trust in our medical team has been rewarding. He is an amazing little fighter."
This little guy with cystic fibrosis is the definition of tough.— 𝙂𝙐𝙉𝙉𝘼𝙍 𝙀𝙎𝙄𝘼𝙎𝙊𝙉 (@G17Esiason) February 16, 2021
60 days in the hospital, and still hooked up to a ventilator.
5-year-old wants cards, stickers after recovering from COVID-19 https://t.co/ndjJaW5Lf0 via @ABC10
If you want to do your bit to help Noah during his recovery, you can contribute to the GoFundMe that was set up to help the Schneider family. You can also send an encouraging note or a sticker pack to Noah at this address:
Sutter Medical Center
ATTN: Noah and Haley Schneider
2825 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, California 95816