HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - "Think of the worst migraine headache you ever had as an adult," a doctor told former North Iowans Grant and Christina Maulsby.
"That is what your 5-month-old son is going through."
Grant Maulsby recounted the conversation Thursday in an interview with the Globe Gazette.
His baby, Quentin Maulsby, has been hospitalized since Thursday, March 25, after he became ill while in the care of a babysitter.
Hospital personnel concluded he had a severe head injury, causing blood on the brain, and two broken ribs - and that the injuries were not the result of an accident.
The babysitter, Cherie Marie Landowski, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.
Grant Maulsby is a graduate of Mason City High School and is a former owner of Lu's Lounge in Clear Lake. Christina is a native of Forest City.
"Quentin made some progress today," Grant Maulsby said Thursday night. "We were able to take him for a little ride in a stroller.
"But when we went over a bump, he began to vomit so we had to take him back."
Maulsby said both he and his wife were excited that he was able to be in the stroller if only for a little while.
"We hit a little bump but we made some progress," he said.
Quentin's injuries are one of a series of setbacks for the Maulsby family. One of them set off the chain of events that led them to hiring the babysitter.
Maulsby said his parents, Mike and Jan Maulsby of Ventura, have a home in Florida. Recently, Christina Maulsby decided to go back to work part-time and Jan Maulsby agreed to watch Quentin while Christina was at work.
Then Jan Maulsby was diagnosed with breast cancer and opted to have surgery in Rochester, Minn.
That's what prompted Grant and Christina to find a sitter for Quentin.
When Mike Maulsby was at Rochester with his wife, he told doctors he wasn't feeling well.
He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and remains a patient there.
Grant Maulsby said he and his wife appreciate all the expressions of support they have received.
As for the multiple family problems, he said an old expression is certainly true: "When it rains, it pours."
Fund established for expenses
A fund has been established to help the Grant Maulsby family with expenses incurred because of the hospitalization of their 5-month-old-son, Quentin.
Checks should be made to the Quentin Maulsby Benefit Fund and sent to TIB Bank, 17000 Alico Commerce Court, Suite 102, Fort Myers, FL 33967. Attention: Blanca Beauchamp.
Beauchamp can be reached at 239-322-1535.
Well-wishers seeking to monitor Quentin’s progress can do so by checking the Internet site, www.carepages.com.
— By John Skipper