MOUNT VERNON — The spirit of giving made a grand appearance recently to one Knox County youth. A little unexpected gift made for a much brighter outlook for 6-year-old Leyland Shrimplin and his mother, Amanda.
Leyland had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 2011.
“I was goofing around in math and talking to people,” said Leyland about this activity before diagnosed with ADHD, admitting he couldn’t control his behavior.
Being a human services studies graduate, Amanda recognized what could be ADHD in Leyland and brought this up with her family doctor, Dr. Brent Nimeth. “We tried extra activities like sports, and things like that, and it didn’t help burn off any energy. It kind of made him more hyper,” she said. “At first I thought he was just being a boy; but then when I started talking to those at school, that’s when I figured I needed to do something.”
As his grades began to fall and behavior was more erratic, Leyland then received a prescription from Nimeth to combat the symptoms. Amanda was apprehensive about giving her son the medication.
“I spoke with his teacher, and she said he is still having a hard time concentrating,” said Amanda. Then deciding to get the medication to help Leyland, Amanda took the prescription to CVS Pharmacy only to find out her insurance would not cover it.
With finances being tighter than ever with Christmas approaching, Amanda then informed Dr. Nimeth’s office receptionist that she would not be filling the prescription at this time. “She later called me and said, ‘Come on back, we have something for you,’” said Amanda. Thinking that maybe they had some samples to give away, Amanda returned only to find a $100 bill sitting at the receptionist’s desk to cover Leyland’s prescription. “But she wouldn’t tell me who it was.”
Amanda returned to her doctor’s office to leave the change for the generous donor. But she was told to just keep it for herself. The good deed was then returned when Amanda took the leftover money and gave it to The Salvation Army’s red kettle drive for Christmas.
Three different medications have been tried on Leyland, and Adderall now seems to be working for him. “He does a lot better in school; he can concentrate and sit still a lot better,” said Amanda.
“It makes me feel good. The medicine put off a bit of the hyper,” said Leyland. One example of how Leyland’s reading has improved came recently when he read a letter left from Santa Claus thanking him for the muffins left out for him on Christmas Eve.
An unexpected gift such as this is always greatly appreciated. But for Amanda and Leyland Shrimplin, it could not have come at a better time. “There still are some nice people out there. That person whoever left us that money ... that was our Christmas angel,” said Amanda.