Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

May 9, 2013

Benefit show for Cannonsburg boy

ASHLAND — Micah DeArmon most likely had heavy metals, including lead, mercury and arsenic, in his bloodstream before he was even born.

Doctors in Texas have a plan to help the 7-year-old boy rid his internals systems of the toxins, although the path to wellness won’t be quick or easy, according to his mother, Pam. She and her husband, Joel, adopted Micah, who was born in Calcutta, India, and soon after suspected he had serious health issues.

“He was about 1 year old. We kind of knew all along that he had some health problems,” she said, explaining the child was initially diagnosed with a sensory-processing disorder similar to a form of autism. When he turned five, she said his behavior changed and more problems began to surface.

“Just some strange things started happening. He wasn’t growing,” she said, remembering a doctor from India even assured her Micah was only going to be small, like himself. The little boy also began having unusual skin reactions and could not seem to sleep, “just a lot of little things that weren’t adding up.”

After consulting with many specialists, a battery of blood tests detected substances which should not have been there.

“We expected food allergies,” his mother said, recalling the diagnosis including the “high concentrations” of lead, arsenic and mercury.

“Extremely high concentrations,” his mother said, explaining she later learned he was likely contaminated through drinking water, or possibly by contaminated seafood ingested by his mother while he was in the womb, who also lived in an area where the wells are known to be contaminated with arsenic. Micah also has a genetic abnormality which affects the way his body processes folic acid, causing problems absorbing the nutrients in the foods he is allowed to eat as part of a regimented diet.

“His body is just full of toxins, basically,” DeArmon said, explaining his problems include recurrent infections. His doctor in Texas wants to use a form of therapy called chelation, which introduces other compounds into the system to dislodge the embedded metal molecules and help flush them out, although there are perils possible from the technique, she said.

“Basically as it is pulled out of his organs and everything it could cause even worse problems,” she explained.

The family has been following a doctor-prescribed plan, and he is responding, she said.

“Since September he has gained five pounds and grown four inches,” she said with hope evident in her tone of voice before adding they go back to Texas in August for additional metal tests. In the meantime, Micah is being home-schooled, his mother said, explaining he was able to attend kindergarten at Cannonsburg Elementary but concerns about germs and other exposures caused the family to alter his education plan.

Saxophonist and bandleader Jeff Carter of Ashland said he organized a Friday evening concert featuring music from the Great American Songbook after talking to friends who are also friends of the DeArmon family, hoping to help offset their travel and medical expenses.

“I'm taking something that is a part of my life, something that is so much a part of me that I can sometimes simply overlook the value it has, and turn it into something that can really make a difference in someone's life,” Carter said. “Many times, people think to really make a difference, to really make a change, you must change yourself. Most of the time you simply need to find value in yourself and find a way to use your abilities to make the world a better place.”  

 The Jeff Carter Quintet, made up of Carter along with Spencer Bolt on piano, bassist Chris Justice, guitarist Michael Moore, and drums/percussion by Dave Knipp and Shonte Revely, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a benefit on behalf of Micah DeArmon at Gateway Church (old AEP building across from library), 1701 Central Ave.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at

tpreston@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2651.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • newwendy1.jpg Ashland woman develops pregnancy journals for mom, dad

    An Ashland woman has a way of helping parents everywhere.
    Wendy Sparks, 47, wrote The journals, which are for parents to keep for themselves and their children during pregnancy.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Acres and acres of eggs

    A dozen volunteers spent the morning Saturday scattering more than 6,000 plastic eggs around the Greenup County Farm Bureau’s 10-acre field Saturday morning.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Volunteers to pack thousands of meals for hungry Haitians

    Members of the First Baptist Church in Grayson are planning for the third year in a row to pack thousands of meals for starving people in Haiti, and they need help to do it.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Sheriff candidates ready for election

    With no incumbent in the Boyd County Sheriff’s race, Republican and Democrat candidates for the post will square off in their respective primaries next month.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • 0419sciencehs.JPG Russell High School wins State Science Olympiad

    The long ride home from Bowling Green was tinged with disappointment for Russell High School students who believed they’d finished as also-rans in the state Science Olympiad last weekend.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419sciencems.JPG Russell Middle School state Science Olympiad champions

    From identifying hundreds of insects to designing and operating mechanical contraptions that just look like insects, a team of Russell Middle School students took their research and technical skills to the Science Olympiad in Bowling Green last week and came back state champions.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419melodies0148.jpg Kitchen jazzes up downtown lunch hour

    Some came to enjoy the relaxing sounds of cool jazz and traditional tunes at lunch, while others attended in hopes of picking up a few tricks from a master musician as guitarist Chris Kitchen kicked off the Melodies & Masterpieces concert series in downtown Ashland Friday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • Sparks, Waddell in Carter Coronor’s race

    Incumbent George A. Sparks of Grayson will face challenger William Waddell of Olive Hill in the Democratic primary election for the Carter County coroner’s seat.

    April 18, 2014

  • 04/18/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    April 18, 2014

  • Bill3.jpg 'Dreams'

    It was in her own death that Donna Schoonover helped William Schoonover redefine his life.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone