An end of the year dance is set for Thursday, May 26, to benefit local teenager Darian Hutchinson, 15, whose immune system is on the road to recovery after a successful transplant of his intestinal tract in August 2010.

 


An end of the year dance is set for Thursday, May 26, to benefit local teenager Darian Hutchinson, 15, whose immune system is on the road to recovery after a successful transplant of his intestinal tract in August 2010.
Darian was hospitalized through the month of January when complications developed concerning his immune system. Doctors had to use medication that killed both the donor's immune system and Darian's, which put the teenager at serious risk for secondary infections. Now, things seem to be improving, but the family is still struggling to meet costs associated with Darian's transplant and continued recover.
Now, nine months post-transplant, the family is facing more than $100,000 in medical bills. Darian has to return to Washington, D.C. the second week of June for a check-up with doctors.
His weight, after falling to a skeletal 54 pounds, is almost back to normal at 83 pounds said Jana Joiner, Darian's mother.
The A-honor roll student received the go-ahead to take driver's education, but is still avoiding crowds in order to keep the risk of infection down, said Joiner.
The dance will be from 6-9 p.m. at Celebrations Thursday, May 26 for all Vernon Parish students in fifth-eighth grades. Law enforcement and parental chaperones will be on site. Admission is $5.
No outside food or drinks will be allowed in, with concessions available inside. The dress code is casual. All of the proceeds will benefit Darian's medical and travel expenses incurred from the transplant, said Joiner.
Anyone who would like to contact Joiner about the dance may call 353-6454. The family also has a love fund account set up for Hutchinson at Barksdale Federal Credit Union.