Archive for March, 2012

Baby Kenzie’s Survival and Fighting Story

March 14th, 2012 by Pat Dawkins

My daugher Shannon had an emergency C-Section two months early because a special ultra sound caught a twisted bowel in our grand daughter Kenzie. Kenzie weighed 2lbs 15ozs when she arrived at Vandy Childrens Hospital via a Helicoper. She had surgery to remove the dead bowel tissue and received a stoma (ostomy). Weeks went by, she improved greatly. The doctors decided to reattach the bowels. Things went well for a few weeks, they increase her (breast milk) feeding and she was doing well, except for spitting up on occasion. During all this my daughters Husband committed suicide on her Birthday. We all grieved deeply, still are grieving. Weeks went by after that, and Shannon went home for a while to take care of personal matters. On Sunday morning around 2AM the hospital called to say that Kenzie Lynn’s temp was up, and she had blood in her stool, and we went right back to square one. They removed more of her bowel which again had died, and the ostomy is back again. Which means there will be a 4th surgery in her future. We are so frightened that we will lose our precious Kenzie Lynn. I have so, many people praying for her, we are all still grieving, and so heavily burdened right now. Please pray for us, this is going to be a very long journey, we only pray that the outcome will be that Kenzie gets to live a normal life, and we get to enjoy her in our family.

Baby Monique Survival Story

March 6th, 2012 by Yvonne

My daughter Monique is 22 years old now. I had her when I was a very young 20 year old at 32 weeks. She was 3 lbs 11 oz when she was born. On day 5 of her life she had emergency surgery for NEC and weighed 3 lbs 2 oz– She had over 70% of her intestine removed. I remember being told that she may not have enough left to reconnect–but one month later she returned to surgery and the resection was successful. She has grown into a very healthy, intelligent beautiful young woman. She had had 6-7 hospitalizations over the years for obstructions due to scar tissue and adhesions but by the grace of God, no additional surgery was needed. No solid or liquids for a few days to give the bowels time to “calm down” seemed to do the trick for her. I look at her today and remember all the things that I was told she may have to endure due to NEC and see a healthy 22 year old woman who is a walking miracle and an example that God sometimes has a different outcome for us than we expect. Prayers to all of you new mothers who are starting on a journey that I have been on for 22 years. If there are questions you have just let me know. Thanks

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