STORIES FROM THE NICU: A DAD’S PROSPECTIVE

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Submitted by: Dave Thrush

I’ve been asked to write a paragraph or two for this page so here goes…
My son (below) was born in 1993 after a pregnancy that my ex experienced with a lot of complications. She had Toxemia which can be deadly for both the mother and the baby.
Months before Cole’s birth our doctor and a few specialists told us “Your son will be deformed” and our main doctor suggested abortion…interestingly our son was not deformed when born…

I was angry at the suggestion of abortion and let the doctor know that…There’s no way my child was going to be aborted even if not so called “perfect”.

Seven months later the doctor said the baby needs to come out now or it’s going to get dangerous for the mother and the child…so I took my then wife to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. and the C section was performed bringing our beautiful son into the world at 2 pounds 2 ounces and about the size of a loaf of bread.

Cole spent 3 full months in NICU at Hoag Hospital where he received great care and was growing and thriving when at about 6 weeks the hospital called us in to say that our son contracted a blood infection from a mishandled blood transfusion. We were never told who mishandled the transfusion that caused the infection that nearly killed our Baby boy…

We had numerous people from all over the country praying for Cole that he would get well and come home from the hospital which he did…Cole survived the infection and was released after three full months in NICU to the joy of his parents and all concerned…

Cole is the Husband as well as the administrator of this Website and is now 25, married last year in North Dakota where I performed the music for their wedding, has a four year degree from Colo. Christian University and has Aspergers syndrome which has not stopped him at all in his life from accomplishing what he wants to do…Thanks for reading.

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Published by McKenna_Thrush

You may be wondering what makes our relationship so unique... Cole has Asperger's, and I (McKenna) have Cerebral Palsy. The challenges of life, coupled with our disabilities can make for a pretty interesting day-to-day life. In fact our life sometimes seems like anything but day-to-day. ​I suppose the same can be said for our relationship from the beginning. We started dating just over 2 years ago and decided that we wanted to have a courtship than your typical dating relationship. The purpose of showing people our lives, is to show people that disability doesn't need to stop you from reaching your goals. You can still go to college, live independently, get married, and even have a family regardless of the cards you are dealt. We may not be your typical couple. we may not live "normal lives" but that doesn't stop us from living the best life we can!

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