Atticus’ Story

June 24th, 2011 by Shana Burns

Atticus Bryce was born on January 16th, 2011, at 24 wks and 4 days gestatation. When he developed signs of NEC, he was 3 weeks old. He had residual from his last feeding. His xrays became cloudy, his kidney function slowed and his Potassium levels were near lethal. Two days later, he had made a dramatic recovery. His belly was pink, his kidneys had upgraded to Renal Failure – Low Output, he was keeping up his blood pressure. His xrays had cleared and though the gas patterns in his belly were not normal, it was no longer sausage shaped and was showing the air bubbles we hoped to see. They pointed out what they thought was an abcess and felt like he could handle surgery to remove it so that he would continue getting better. When they opened him up, they discovered that the NEC had killed his colon entirely and over half of his small intestine. What they thought was an abcess was his bowels liquifying in his little belly. Due to the level of death, they realized he probably had NEC from his first week of life, but he showed no signs for weeks. He pooped, he urinated, he digested food with no residual for a week.
We let our little boy go on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. He was 30 days old. We miss him so, so terribly and will keep him in our hearts forever.

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