He is now 8 months old and I'm talking about what to plan for his 1st birthday. I hope you find hope and comfort in his story. He still has challenges, but we are bravely fighting them one day at a time. And always remember slow and steady wins the race.Read More
The high-risk ultrasound is a blur to me now. I don’t recall much of the conversation with the doctor after either, except for when I was asked if we wanted information on terminating the pregnancy. Typing that sentence out physically takes the breath out of me because of the amazing little boy that we now have in our lives.Read More
We got to remove the oxygen on his first birthday, which was the best birthday present ever! With the help of many therapies, Harlan is now a thriving 15-month-old with a constant smile on his face who cruises everywhere, eats everything by mouth, and babbles up a storm.Read More
Before our appointment with maternal fetal medicine the following Monday, we gave him a name - Bennett James - we wanted everyone to know that no matter what we were told at that appointment, he was important, and he mattered.Read More
I hope by sharing Camden’s story that another family will read it and realize that you don’t have to settle for 13%. Our 13% just turned a year old and is doing amazing!Read More
The overwhelming support of family, friends, employers, and the CDH community coupled with many, many miracles sprinkled throughout the next five months enabled us to relocate from California to Florida in preparation for Micah's arrival. God’s hand was so evidently involved in every step of the way.Read More
Xander is an amazing kid. He's smart, funny, compassionate, and kind. He loves to run, loves to be outside, and wants to be farmer when he grows up.Read More
She was placed on ECMO at less than an hour old and had her repair surgery was done at 6 hours old while on ECMO. She stayed on ECMO for 13 days. 95% of Kennedis’ left diaphragm was missing and Dr. Kays said her lungs where so small they were nonexistent.Read More
Despite her setbacks and despite undergoing open-heart surgery, she is a healthy, happy baby. She shows no signs of pulmonary hypertension, is off oxygen support, and is off all medications related to CDH, despite having been born with only 20% of her left lung.Read More
Even after all Aiden has been through he is still a bright, sweet, imaginative and inspirational little boy! We have talked to him numerous times regarding CDH and his surgery. He knows what his abdominal scar means and what Dr. Kays means to him. We are so blessed and thankful for every day with our Tiny Hero!Read More
We went home with more questions than we had going to that appointment. In a short amount of time, we learned what we could about this life-threatening birth defect. We also learned that Pediatric Surgeon Dr. David Kays had one of the highest survival rates in the world for a congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair.Read More
Griffin was born a fairly healthy baby on May 30, 2016. All he had was a small heart murmur and jaundice. After a few days in the hospital we went home and were ready for the world with our healthy son.
We had never heard of CDH before July 10, 2016 when Griffin was 6 weeks old. That day has forever changed our lives, and we remember it perfectly.
To most outsiders, CDH is ‘limiting’, but for me, it is the complete opposite. My CDH drives me to do well in school, and because I was lucky enough to have an amazing doctor like Dr. Kays, I am able to pursue all of the things that I love to do, things that most people would be surprised that I am able to do.
Friday morning I got the call from Joy! “We’re coming to get Jackson.” Dr Kays decided to make the trip to Baltimore at the tail end of a nor’easter to transport my critical baby on ECMO back to JHACH.
On 1-18-18 Braxton arrived and wow did we fully understand the importance of being with Dr. Kays. Braxton crashed on day 2 and went on ECMO. He had his CDH repair on day 3 and after 7 days of Ecmo he was off.Read More
We were so excited to be expecting our first baby. Everything had been so perfect until a 30 minute ultrasound turned into an hour and half. I knew something was wrong, but all they would tell me was they couldn’t get the pictures they needed. Once we met with the doctor we learned he had a Diaphragmatic Hernia.Read More
A parent’s worst nightmare is hearing something is wrong with their child. Our sweet unborn baby had been diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). Casey and I had never heard of this before.Read More
After coming home, Colt has thrived. He was cleared by cardio. He's gained weight like a normal baby would. He's on normal well baby visits without weight checks in between. At 5 months old, he's already sitting up on his own.Read More
I just did not know what to do. Even though my doctors seemed confident that Lucas would survive, I knew I would never forgive myself if I didn't get him the best care possible and something happened.Read More
At 7 years old, now Breanne has beaten all the odds. She makes me a better mom and person everyday and never gives up, no matter the obstacle.Read More