Posts tagged LCDH
"Livia is our absolute world, and we are so blessed. We have had the roughest few years, but they have been the best of our lives." - Livia's CDH Story

Every day there was less medication and less oxygen. She eventually came home at 51 days old. No oxygen and feeding orally. SHE DID IT!

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" I had no other choice in that moment than to know I needed to be strong for him." - Charlie's CDH Story

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. 

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"I went from not knowing CDH existed one day to allowing it to control me, my every thought, and every emotion." - Arabella's CDH Story

We paid an outside source for an early gender reveal. We delayed going home be we could not contain our excitement to finally have a girl. We were over the moon. We celebrated and danced around singing "we're having a girl." Little did we know how irrelevant gender was during the anatomy scan.

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"In 27 years, I’ve conquered 10 surgeries, 5 repairs, graduated with my RN, BSN, now working in a hospital and became a wife to an amazing husband and proud mama of two! " - Taylor's CDH Story

I was born with undiagnosed LCDH in 1991 in a small rural hospital. The doctors notice something was wrong with me right from the start as I entered the world blue. It was too foggy to be life flighted to the nearest NICU which was two hours away, so I was taken by ground. Not even 24 hours old my parents had to make the decision to put me on ECMO.

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"Our journey is a long way from over, but we’ve come so far than the 35% chance of survival that we were initially given! " - Landon's CDH and CHD story

On day 323, we were discharged from the hospital...just a few days before Landon’s first Christmas! What a treat it was to spend Christmas together outside of the hospital. And on day 355, Landon finally made his way back home to South Carolina! Just one week shy of his first birthday! Our journey is a long way from over, but we’ve come so far than the 35% chance of survival that we were initially given!

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"She’s currently in physical therapy and speech therapy, doing the things that my prior MFM said she would NEVER do!" - Kennedi's CDH Story

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. 

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“Caleb is now a 17-year-old high school honor student who is musically talented and a varsity baseball player." - Caleb T. CDH Story

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.

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“Griffin is a living miracle, but the road to recovery is not going to be an easy one.” - Griffin's CDH Story

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. 

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“We watched our daughter go through more in her first year of life than some people do in a lifetime, but yet she never let CDH dull her sparkle.” - Logan B. CDH Story

If I could give any advice to CDH families it would be to stay positive and no matter how hard it may be, never lose hope. And to reach out for support, every story is different, but we’ve all been through the emotional rollercoaster.

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"Since we have been home things have been wonderful and we are trying to live life like we have a "normal" baby" - Carter's CDH Story

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. 

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" Colt was born fighting. He let out a little cry and fought the intubation. I was able to get a very quick look at him before he was taken to the CVICU." - Colt's CDH Story

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.

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"Google was definitely not my friend that day, and I was convinced at that point that my baby would not make it." - Lucas' CDH Story

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.

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"We heard the news through a filter: all we gathered was "defect," "severe," and "surgery." - Tuanny's CDH Story

Tuanny is now a year old, already had his annual check up with Dr. Kays, and has done extremely well at home. He battled through a few colds and had a bad bout of stomach flu and an ER visit but reached some great milestones:  rolled over at four months, crawled around between six and seven months, and has been scaling the walls and walking with assistance since eight months.

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"I could feel the experience and confidence of the people around me. I knew Drew was going to be ok." - Drew's CDH Story

So, there we were, over the moon watching every beautiful movement our little baby made on the screen. He said “Its’ a boy!’ as he continued to scan. I kept wondering what the black hole that he kept labeling “ST” was. It was near his heart, and I didn’t remember the heart being so narrow on baby scans. I

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"Feedings started off a little rocky, but once she got the hang of it, there was no stopping her." - Reese's CDH Story

Dr. Kays spent 3 nights at her bedside doing everything possible to keep her off ECMO. He informed us that she was a lot sicker than we anticipated and was not improving much, so on day 4 he decided to do her repair surgery.

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