Community rallies behind hospitalized Mount Shasta teen

Skye Kinkade
The Berg family huddles around 14 year old Clayton, who is recovering from infection at US Davis Children’s Hospital. Pictured are Clayton’s mom, Wendy, brother Chandler, dad Derek, brother Christian, and sisters Sophia Jackson and Chanel Berg. Contributed

The Mount Shasta community is rallying behind Clayton Berg, a 14 year old Sisson eighth grader who is recovering from a bowel resection at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

He’s been in and out of the hospital for nearly three weeks and is currently fighting an infection in his abdomen with strong antibiotics, said his mom, Wendy.

Clayton had an emergency appendectomy on March 7 and was hospitalized at Mercy Mt. Shasta for two weeks. Unfortunately, his appendix had slightly burst and this caused a pocket of infection, said his mom, Wendy. He had a second surgery two days later.

“After that his small intestines had difficulty waking up (it is called an ileus when your bowel stops moving),” explained family friend Jeanie Owens. He recovered enough to eat and was released from the hospital on March 18, but his belly began hurting again and Clayton was readmitted.

The following day, Clayton was transferred to UC Davis.

On Friday, March 21, he underwent a bowel resection to remove the section of small intestine that seemed to have a blockage, Owens said.

“His body is supported with nutrition, including fats, through a PICC line – which is threaded in more toward the heart, and can stay in longer than a regular IV site; it also allows him to get the lipids he needs,” said Owens.

Despite the pain, Clayton has been doing his exercises and keeping a good outlook, Wendy said.

“My son completely amazes me with his determination and will to get better,” she said.

The Berg family appreciates the support they’ve received and the encouragement “when it matters most.”

“There has been so much love and support for the family, through visits, well wishes, prayer through every religion possible, and gifts of food/money,” said Owens on Clayton’s CaringBridge site, a website to help keep his friends and family up to date on his condition.

Wendy, a cosmetologist, and her husband, Derek, who owns an auto detailing business, have been unable to work while Clayton’s been ill. To help the family with expenses, an account for donations has been set up at American West Bank. Gift cards for gas and groceries are also being accepted.

Those who would like to help with dinners can sign up for a slot at the CaringBridge site,