Samuel’s survival story

July 21st, 2011 by Samuel

For my entire pregnancy I had been sick. I was on bed rest for 3 months, I had fainting spells and would swell up in a matter of minutes and stay that way for days. I continually told the doctor my blood pressure was high, but every time they checked it, it was fairly normal. When I went to the doctor on February 1st, I was immediately rushed to the hospital with 200/110 pressure. An ultrasound showed Sam was in 5th percentile for size. They gave me steroid shots and magnesium, but with all the help of the medications, Samuel was born February 2nd via emergency c-section. 7 weeks early, he was 3lb 4oz. The days after he was born. He lost nearly a whole pound, but his belly got larger and larger. On February 11th he perforated in 9 spots in his intestines. He was rushed into surgery and came back with 25% less bowel, no appendix and two stomas and a mucus fistula. After a few days he was using a bag and was off of the respirator. He could not digest the breast milk they were giving him with such a short amount of bowel between stomach and stoma so he was on tpn and lipids, npo for 6 weeks. They closed him up March 24th and he flat lined during surgery. Two days later, he took his very first bottle. It was a whole 5mL. He stayed in the hospital 72 days total. He had a lot of really really bad days and more problems than NEC. Every other day, the doctors would say “he is not going to make it through the night” but he did. I brought him home April 12th at 7lb 3oz. Now he is 6 months old and 15lb. Its been a hard road, but he made it.

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