Baby Camryn Leena Rose’s Story

June 19th, 2012 by Ashley Garetson

On the morning of February 18, 2012 I woke up in the utmost pain I’ve ever endured. From 8am until 7pm I endured the pain the whole time. Around 7 that night I finally called my doctor and told him I had begun to start spotting and was having terrible back pains. He told me to come in to the hospital just to get checked out. As soon as I hung up the phone I began bleeding very heavy. As soon as I arrived at the hospital all the pains and bleeding stopped. I was checked out by a nurse who said she believed she felt a little bit of cervix but was not for sure. I had no idea what that meant, I assumed it was good. Within 10 minutes my doctor walked in as I was having contractions. He checked me out and said he felt NO cervix and that I was dilated to a 9. I immediately began bawling. My fiance told the doctor there was no way she’s only 28 weeks. My doctor told me there was no stopping the baby now that she was coming whether we were ready or not. Being at a 9 already I could not be transported to a hospital with a NICU as I would deliver on the way. Within an hour the NICU showed up and got everything ready and set up. As soon as they were ready my doctor broke my water. As soon as he broke my water baby girl became breached. He flipped her around but as soon as that happened her heart rate shot above 220 and he rushed me in for an emergency c-section. I ended up having a double c-section (cut my uterus as well). Saturday February 18, 2012 at 11:10pm Camryn Leena Rose was born weighing 2lbs 9oz 15in long. She was life flighted straight to Stormont-Vail NICU (about an hour from where I was). We received our first phone call at 330am saying Camryn was doing AMAZING. As soon as she got there she was taken off oxygen and was doing that all on her own. She had a bubble CPAP that sent pressurized air to her lungs to help them work as she was so small. She also had an IV for her nutrients. I was in the hospital until February 22. Those were the longest three days of my life. Camryn continued to out do herself day by day. On the morning of March 7, 2012 my fiance and I received a phone call that Camryn was not doing well. They thought she had a GI tract infection. When we got there at 930 that morning we received information that she was diagnosed with NEC. Her heart rate was in the 200, her temperature was 100.2 and she was about to receive her 2nd blood transfusion since she arrived there. My fiance and I went back to the Ronald McDonald House as I could not continue to stay there and watch her be in pain. 600pm that night we gave them a call and Camryn was doing better. She was stable; her heart rate was back to normal, her temp was normal. Within the hour we received a phone call saying Camryn had taken a turn for the worse and we needed to get there ASAP. Thank God we were 2 minutes away. As soon as we arrived we were told that as soon as they got Camryn stable the Neonatologist would come talk to us. Withing 5-10minutes the doctor came in. She informed us that Camryn’s heart rate was between 60-90, she was on a ventilator, her ph level was quite low so they were to assume her potassium level was high. I was not ready for what I was about to walk in and see. When we walked into Camryn’s room she had 4 more IV’s in her (not including her picc line), and she was on her ventilator. I went straight to her to talk to her. She was not even able to grab my finger. The Neonatologist informed Craig (my fiance) that Camryn’s survival chances were 50/50 and that whenever her heart rate dropped below 60 they were to do CPR and that every time they lost her they could give Camryn up to four epi pens. Around 830-900 we lost Camryn for the first time. She received three epi pens and they saved her. They put her on the highest powered ventilator they had. Within an hour we lost her for the second time. She received four epi-pens and the doctors and nurses could not save her. Within twelve hours NEC took Camryn’s life. Today Camryn would be 4 months old 1month adjusted. My fiance and I created the Camryn Leena MVP Foundation. Camryn’s foundation was created to help out the NICU Camryn was at and to help the families out as well. We intend within the next two years to create a scholarship for Preemies to apply for; we will give two scholarships each at $500.

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3 responses to “Baby Camryn Leena Rose’s Story”

  1. yvonne says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss–and such a recent loss at that

  2. Marla says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry for the loss of your little angel!

  3. Open says:

    dunno. the only thing i’ve found thus far in the forums is that using ertxepcs in feeds might help, by stripping some of the html from posts. i just checked, and the test blog’s feed is now valid, so i’ll try the excerpting thing. the is doing hardcore redirects at the moment, so i’m going to wait until the livejournal feed picks up the redirect and then i’ll get back to trying to fix the problem.

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