STORIES FROM THE NICU: NOAH

I had a healthy pregnancy I just had terrible morning sickness. I was full term so they decided to induce me at 40 weeks and 4 days. Everything was perfect leading up to my delivery. I went into the hospital the evening of 9/20. I was given a drug called cervadil to help soften my cervix and get me ready for delivery. The plan was to get the cervadil then the potassium the following morning. Minutes after it was administered Noah’s heart rate dropped and the nurses ran in with scrubs and prepped us for an emergency c-section.

​He was taken out of about 20minutes later and he wasn’t breathing. They tried for a long time to suction and get him stable to life flight him. He was life flighted to children’s and immediately put on a cooling treatment. Noah went several minutes without oxygens so he suffered a severe brain injury. During his hypoxic episode he didn’t receive enough blood flow to his kidneys. This put him into kidney failure. The purpose of the cooling treatment is to freeze any brain cells that are on the verge of dying and when the body warms back up it gives those cells the opportunity to regenerate. His birth diagnosis was severe HIE hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and renal failure. During his stay in the nicu he had over 10 surgeries, cardiac arrest, 5 blood infections, meningitis , multiple blood transfusions, 100 treatment of dialysis and aspiration pneumonia. He currently is at home waiting to get to 20lbs so he is big enough to receive a kidney transplant. As far as the brain injury we don’t know the extent of it. He is turning one next week. The doctors told me he would be a vegetable, he would need assistance is entire life for breathing and to “pull the plug”. He is sooo happy and full of life. He doesn’t require any oxygen and the only crappy part of is day is the 12 hours of peritoneal dialysis every day. He is a true fighter and a little miracle!!!!

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