N.D. Boy Whose Appendix Ruptured Shows Signs Of Improvement

Tanner Davidson, an 8-year-old boy from Grand Forks, showed “all-around improvement” Monday at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where he’s trying to recuperate from a life-threatening ruptured appendix and subsequent abdominal infection.

According to Tanner’s CaringBridge website, the boy even watched at least part of the NFL’s Packers-Seahawks game Monday night.

Tanner Davidson

“In general, there’s all-around improvement,” his aunt, Christina Brooks, wrote on CaringBridge. “He had the daily visits from his team of doctors. They all continue to give him the thumbs up for all of his hard work. When someone is laying down for a week or so the muscles in our bodies need a little support to get stronger, so Tanner had a couple physical therapy sessions and was out of bed sitting in a chair.

“He still has respiratory therapy every four hours to keep getting that fluid out of his lung and to build strength in his lungs. He even felt well enough to take a spin in a wheel chair, with the help of mom and dad, to check out the sites on the floor he’s on. He stopped by the kids area to check out a couple books and grab some activity sheets. All that’s left to say is Go Pack Go! “

No word whether Tanner was still awake when the game ended – in the Seahawks’ favor — on a highly controversial call by NFL replacement referees.

Tanner, a third grader at Ben Franklin Elementary, is the son of Kamie and Jared Davidson.

A fund has been set up with charitable nonprofit NDAD to help Tanner and his family. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward offsetting Tanner’s medical and related expenses, plus essential day-to-day expenses.

You can help by mailing a donation to: NDAD, c/o Tanner Davidson Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Or, you may drop it off at that address.You also can help by making a donation online at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp. Use the “Give Online” digital button next to Tanner’s story and photo.

Flier for Tanner Davidson fundraiser.