" I was sad; I hurt, but I was going to fight." - Jayden's Story

At that moment, I did not care if my child was a boy or a girl; I didn’t care about my classroom; and I didn’t care how I was going to fit a baby into the mix.  I was sad; I hurt, but I was going to fight.  Julie did share with us we were having a boy, and Jon was so excited.  His words were, “Yes! A football player.”  My words, “I just want him to live.” 

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"He has survived more than most babies and he is thriving." - Jaxson's Story

He also endured many complications during his 92-day NICU stay. At 7 days old, he had an intestinal perforation; at 3 weeks old, he suffered a pulmonary hemorrhage; and at 2 months old, he had a horrible infection. We know that it is because of God and the skills he has given Dr. Kays that we are able to enjoy our son and watch him grow, despite all the challenges he faced early on.

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"She was bi-lateral. She had liver coming in through the right and left side." - Hazel's Story

Hazel had her repair surgery at 9 days old. Dr. Kays said her hole was huge. She had a full right lung and a nub for a left lung. He told us how Hazel really was a unique one. She ended up being bi-lateral, which is obviously the worst case, but had the best type of hernia to have a Morgagni hernia (an opening through the front instead of the back).

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