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Rifle boy recovering from rare staph infection

Photo courtesy Nancy ZelnickJayden Palm, 7, of Rifle is recovering at Children's Hospital in Denver after being diagnosed with a rare staph infection. A bank account has been set up at Alpine Bank to help the family with medical expenses.

RIFLE, Colorado – Seven-year-old Jayden Palm of Rifle is in for the long haul at Children’s Hospital in Denver, where he is recovering for the next several weeks after contracting a rare type of staph infection.

“He’s definitely doing much better than he was three weeks ago,” Jayden’s mother, Tori Rung, said Tuesday while staying by her son’s side in Denver.

“He’s getting there, but it is going to be a long road to recovery,” she said. “They are telling us it could be another one or two months.”

Jayden’s ordeal began April 13 when he began complaining of leg pain and was experiencing a fever and rash.

He was taken to Grand River Hospital in Rifle and then to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs before being air-lifted to Children’s Hospital in Denver.

There, he was diagnosed with a MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It’s a type of staph infection caused by a strain of bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections, his mother explained.

“The staph infection is very difficult to treat, but they have been able to treat it,” Rung said. “It was in his entire bloodstream and was just shutting down his poor little body.”

Jayden also had a blood clot in his upper left leg. A procedure was done on Monday to dissolve the clot, and he is now recovering from that, Rung said.

“The very first week was very rough, and we came very close to losing him,” said Rung, who has been staying around the clock with her son in Denver.

“I essentially quit my job to be here with Jayden,” Rung said.

Other family members, including Jayden’s grandmother, Nancy Zelnick of Glenwood Springs, have also spent a fair amount of time with him at the hospital in recent weeks.

Jayden, who does not have any siblings, has been home schooled this semester, Rung said. He attended Cactus Valley Elementary School in Silt last fall.

With the extended stay at the hospital anticipated, the family has set up an account at Alpine Bank to help defray medical expenses.

The family has also set up a CarePage through Children’s Hospital, which provides regular updates on Jayden’s progress along with other information. It can be found at http://www.carepages.com/carepages/JaydenPalm


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