On 4/19/17 I went into labor at 38 weeks, and gave birth to my son Mason. On 4/18/17 at 11:00 pm, I began hemorrhaging and contracting, my husband then rushed me to the hospital, the contractions got closer and closer together and the hemorrhaging continued. When arriving at the hospital I was 10+1 and crowning. They could see his head, he was sunnyside up, at that point I had zero strength left and the doctors rushed me into the OR for an emergency C section. He was then born with 75% blood loss, and had to be resuscitated a total of 3 times, and the last time being at 20 minutes. The doctor called it, but the nurse finally got a slight heartbeat. My husband and I were then told that he probably wouldn’t make it through the night. He was then placed in the NICU, on a cooling blanket to slow down any possible further brain damage for 3 days, and then given several blood transfusions. The 3rd day they began to warm his body temperature back up, then once at normal body temperature they monitored him closely and at the 6th day the doctors noticed air in his stomach. They found a perforation due to CPR in his intestines, they then took him by ambulance to CCMC and had emergency surgery to remove 8 inches of his intestines and then put on a colostomy bag.  4 weeks later that was reversed. He then remained in the hospital until June 10th, 2017.
Since then we have had many follow ups, and a birth to three evaluation done on him. They came to the conclusion that he is severely lacking in the motor skills area, and he is over using his upper body muscles, and not using the lower ones enough. He also has a reflex to arch his back which all are indicators of a mental disability.  They will be working with him for Physical Therapy and Motor Skills Development for as long as needed.
Due to his entry into this world and all the medical attention in which the required medical bills are just pouring in, I have had to find a job to help pay them and keep up with his follow up appointment.  My sons need for constant attention and therapy has made it very difficult to survive financially.
Depending on how severe his disability is I may have to leave my current job and stay home with him to work with him daily.
American SPCC wishes Sarah and her son a healthy positive outcome. We support healthy parent-child relationships, and we are a strong proponent of positive parenting, assisting parents and caregivers through parental education and awareness.
For more information and resources on Positive Parenting click here.

September 29, 2017