Dear Baby Noah,
I got news at the hospital yesterday that you will arrive next Thursday 17 May 2012. You will be arriving 5 weeks early because the doctors say you’re in trouble and will not make it past the next two weeks or so. Right now I don’t know if you’re gonna make it, baby. Mommy was given the option to ‘let nature take its course’ – because your heart is failing – or to take the active intervention option. I’ve opted for the latter so we will be delivering you via caesarean and hoping to be able to save you. You have a ton of hurdles to overcome, baby. When you’re delivered, you’re going to need to be resuscitated because your lungs, heart, tummy and skin are filled with water.
Mommy has had two steroid injections to help your lungs grow stronger before you arrive. And they’re hooking me up to the CTG monitor every second day to check your vitals are still okay. I’m told to come prepared each time to stay for an emergency delivery should they find you in distress.
Once you’re delivered and they stabilize you, they will need to operate on your bowel obstruction problem. You’ll be spending time in the hospital for awhile to recover from that. Then, if all goes well, you will need open heart surgery at 11 weeks old, thereabouts.
I have looked up the stats on your latest condition, baby. They’re not looking good. Anywhere between 40%-90% mortality rate depending on which study you read. But we’re in good hands with the team at Westmead Hospital. And the duodenal atresia operation that comes after that has a 40% mortality rate as well. I don’t know about the stats with regards to the atrioventricular defect surgery, baby. The doctor is unable to fully assess the extent of your problem until you actually arrive. The odds are against us, but you have people praying for you as we speak.
I will have to stay in the hospital for 3 days at least, after you’re delivered. I’ve been told to be prepared for the worst. If you don’t make it it’s gonna be tough to stay there on my own, for the following days. And it’s gonna be tough returning the baby capsule and baby pram and baby clothes that your cousins have so kindly donated/loaned to us. So hang in there, baby.
Baby, whatever happens, we know it will be God’s will. I try to tell myself that you will be better off with Jesus in heaven , because you have a lifetime of struggle ahead of you even if you make it past these complications. You will need physical therapy, supervision and lifelong monitoring because of your condition. But Mommy is up to the task, whatever lies ahead.
Whether you make it through the birth or through childhood or through adulthood, mommy will be with you 100% of the way. So be strong for mommy’s sake, baby. I love you and I always will.
Postscript 15 May 2012 – Baby Noah was delivered via emergency caesarean yesterday (Monday) at 34 weeks, after a CTG scan revealed abnormal readings over the weekend. This had been preceded by strong contractions for some 48 hours beforehand. I’m still recovering at the hospital; I’ve just been told his condition has taken a turn for the worse and the doctors are continuing to work on stabilizing him as we speak.
Baby Noah in the ICU –