Change Text Size: A | A | A
National Mobility Awareness Month Partners:
VMI

11,545
Votes

Metha Dover

Oxford, AL

Entry Photo for Metha Dover - Oxford, AL

Noah Sartin was born with a rare genetic disorder called Xq28 duplication that caused his brain to be severely underdeveloped and his lungs very weak. He was later also diagnosed with a serious seizure disorder, Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, which has taken away what few abilities he had. He is completely dependent on others for care. He is non-verbal, wheelchair bound, has always worn diapers, is tube fed, and has a trach to help with breathing. He has been in and out of hospitals all of his short life. In 2011, Noah was in an accident and received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his feet and legs. He underwent skin graft surgery, and spent over 5 weeks at Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. In October 2012 he underwent brain surgery for the seizures, but it was not completely successful. His mother, Metha is his primary caregiver.
In November 2012, Noah’s gentle spirit touched the entire community. The family was visiting the mall, where they saw Santa Claus. He waved, and told them to bring Noah to see him. Noah reached for Santa’s beard, and actually laughed! It had been over a year since his family had seen a smile…and haven’t seen one since. They grabbed their phones to take pictures, and yes, mom started crying! It touched Santa so much that he wrote an open letter on the mall’s Facebook page about the family that received a true Christmas miracle. The story quickly spread and the local news station picked it up. Metha said, “We took Noah back to the mall for the interview and to see Santa again. You can’t plan miracles, so Noah didn’t smile that day, but we sure did!”
Even though he isn’t able to communicate in a traditional way, Noah is an inspiration to everyone who meets him. Metha is a tireless caregiver, advocate, and nurse…but most of all a loving mother.
Noah will be 13 this May and is no longer a little boy, but growing into a young man at 5’6″ and 110 lbs. Metha currently drives a 2004 minivan with over 130,000 miles. Since it is not handicap accessible, she has to lift Noah to transfer him from his wheelchair. This is no longer safe, and as he grows will only become more difficult. Noah and Metha are truly local heroes—theirs is a story of love, dedication, and perseverance.