This story was thoughtfully submitted by Amy, one of our readers.
Derek William – born at 30 weeks, after my water broke at 26 weeks.
Born at 2lbs, 14-1/2 inches, on August 14th, 2010.
Derek was transported to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (where we live) where he would spend 154 days in the incredible NICU. He had 15 blood transfusions, 4 platelet transfusions, 3 operations (2 major & 1 minor), was on O2 off & on and placed on vent 4 times, the oscillator once after he almost passed when his lungs went stiff. While given the steroid for his lungs they gave him a dose of fentanyl which caused his heart to stop & required CPR – he was 1 hour from being placed on life support. We almost lost Derek 3 times, w/o doubt there’s plenty more bad that happened, but he is the strongest fighter I know and he has made me appreciate life more than ever!!
He was well enough to come home 2 months after his reversal surgery that took 7cm of his small intestines due to NEC.
He’s been home since Jan 5th 2011 (just hit 2mths) & he’s made great improvements-he’s just amazing.
Nothing short of a Miracle!! I Love my little Pumpkin! (I call him this because he was due in Oct)