Published November 20, 2014
A sick 2-year-old boy in Georgia—who caught the eye of the media when fundraising money for his medical treatment was stolen from a lemonade stand—is receiving treatment in a Cincinnati hospital for his intestinal disorder.
After local media broke the story about Logan Varnadoe of Macon, Ga., donations began to flood into the family, and have now reached more than $3,000.
Because of the donations, Logan was able to travel to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center this week for testing for the intestinal disorder he has had since birth, that won’t allow food to pass through his gastrointestinal tract properly.
"He's had probably 10 surgeries so far, and he's 2," said his mother, April Varnadoe.
Varnadoe said doctors in Georgia believe Logan might have a genetic disorder and referred him to the Cincinnati hospital.
The boy's father, Jason Varnadoe, said he was born three weeks premature with a brain defect that has caused hearing and vision impairments. He said perhaps the intestinal problems are linked to the defect.
"We don't know how much he can see. We don't know how much he can hear," Jason Varnadoe said. "He's been to different hospitals all around the country. Nobody can diagnose him. Every test they give him comes back negative."
Three girls, including Logan's cousin, were selling the lemonade when a man and a woman approached them and asked them about their stand. The man then snatched a jar containing $150 out of a 13-year-old girl's hand, Houston County Sheriff's Lt. Jon Holland said.
Two suspects were arrested on charges in the robbery in Warner Robins, a city of about 50,000 residents in the heart of Georgia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.