A sick Georgia toddler who drew public attention when a lemonade stand raising money for his medical treatment was robbed was in a Cincinnati hospital Thursday for treatment of his intestinal disorder.
Donations flowed in to 2-year-old Logan Varnadoe's family after word spread that the lemonade stand operated by three young girls in Warner Robins, Ga., had been robbed of nearly $150 last Saturday. The family received more than $3,000 within 12 hours of the robbery story airing on local Georgia television, the boy's mother, April Varnadoe, has said.
The toddler, from Macon, Ga., is now undergoing tests at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as doctors try to find answers to the health problems he has had since birth, The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper reported Thursday.
The boy has been tentatively diagnosed with an intestinal disorder that won't allow food to properly pass through his gastrointestinal tract, the newspaper reported.
"He's had probably 10 surgeries so far, and he's 2," said his mother.
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," the dad 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, authorities said. The man then snatched a jar containing the money 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.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com