Zoey, was born with esophageal atresia, TE fistula, Duodenal Atresia, all which could be surgically fixed. Zoey was developing normal and I stopped working to stay home with her because, her first 12 months of life were connected to a suction machine, changing dressings, lots of medical stuff we had to deal with and many hospital stays. When Zoey was one day shy of 13 months, she was taken in for a routine line change that might have been infected. The doctor placed the line and the nurses immediately hooked the line up to her IV nutrition. My husband was going to stay with her while I went home to take a nap. Two hours later, I got a call and my husband couldn’t talk… He could only say “GET HERE”…”OUR BABY”… When I got to the hospital our baby girl had died for 14 minutes and was deprived of oxygen suffering a severe traumatic brain injury. Her heart had stopped pumping because the sac filled up with fluid from the IV line pierci ng the vein. I kick myself everyday, thinking if I was only there, I might have known something was wrong. Then, I realize, God has a plan for all of us! The doctors told us our baby “suffered brain death”, that she would more than likely NEVER do anything on her own including breathe. I crawled into Zoey’s crib that night and prayed for God to let my baby live! The next morning she opened her eyes and looked at me. A couple days later, she was fighting to get off the ventilator, and today she doesn’t do a whole lot but, God did answer one of my prayers… and that was to let my baby smile and laugh again! This swing definatley helps with the smiling!
I’m sorry for this long letter, tried to make it as brief as I could. Thanks again so so much!!!!!
-Karin and Zoey Young