little over two years ago my family experienced a traumatic blessing. I
was expecting a baby (due 10/9/2015) and could not have been happier.
The pregnancy was typical and relatively easy—there
were no markers for a premature delivery. However, we found ourselves
staring in shock at our tiny miracle on July 15 in the NICU at Kentucky
Hospital. Our son, Connor, aka Stacy Boy Two, was born at 27 weeks, 5
days gestation measuring 14 inches and weighing 2 pounds, 11 ounces. How
did it happen? That I can answer in the following paragraphs. But why?
Why was he born early? We still do not have answers for this question.
For this reason, as well as all of the precious babies born with
complications or too early, I am asking you to donate to the March of
Dimes. Please help support the research that is conducted to better
understand factors which contribute to prematurity and birth
the Tuesday night before Connor was born, I noticed some changes and
felt menstrual cramping. After counseling with my sister, Mandy, she
advised that I call triage in labor and delivery at the hospital, who
instructed me to call my on-call OB. I was not advised to go to the
hospital unless things became worse. I went to bed, slept like a baby,
and woke up feeling refreshed. This feeling did not last and I decided
to shower and be at the doctor’s office by 8:00 just to be cautious.
Around 7:20, I took a quick shower and as I stepped out of the shower,
my water broke. We knew then it was “mission critical” and Dustin, my
husband, called the on-call OB at 7:36—this was a compromise; I
suggested calling Mandy (maybe I thought she could send good vibes
through the airwaves..?) and he wanted to call 911. Looking back, his
was the better plan, but don’t tell him I said that. Anyway, he went
downstairs to pull my truck around back and I walked down moments later.
After using the restroom, I stood up and felt more pain than I had been
experiencing and seriously thought, “hmm, I’m
not sure I can ride to the hospital due to the pain I feel.” Really??!
Completely illogical. Shortly thereafter uncontrollable squalling began,
which is when Dustin walked in, called 911 at 7:42, ushered our dogs
out the back door, and opened the front door for the EMTs. He then
attempted to assist me. At some point, I experienced what I remember a
friend of mine describing as the “ring of fire” and I shouted “It’s
coming!!” Dustin told the 911 operative that the head was not out yet.
He had stepped out of the bathroom because he could not hear the 911
operative—remember the squalling I mentioned? Not 30 seconds later I
told him to come back because the baby had suddenly been born! When
Dustin stepped back in I was on the bathroom floor and the baby was on
the tile floor. Dustin scooped Connor up, put a towel under him, and
began stroking him to help him begin breathing and functioning. The EMTs
arrived shortly thereafter—no later than 7:47—and began working with
Connor and me.
a quick ride to the hospital, the medical professionals at the
University of Kentucky responded with efficiency and thoroughness to
stabilize Connor, and we began what would result in a five month, 8 day
stay in the NICU. Although Connor began his life as a strong preemie, he
developed several complications, including Necrotizing Enterocolitis
and subsequent renal failure. Two articles have been written regarding
this, one from the perspective of his surgeon (http://ukhealthcare.net/blog/connors-story/ and https://uknow.uky.edu/uk-healthcare/miraculous-recovery-infant-instills-hope-uk-pediatric-providers).
These complications resulted in Connor experiencing six abdominal
surgeries prior to exiting the hospital. Nonetheless, Connor
demonstrated a will to live and we were blessed by skilled medical
professionals and God’s miracles.
Connor is a healthy, happy, progressing two-year old. He is adored by
many and has the support of his extended family and friends. Although he
continues to experience some complications as a result of prematurity
and the medical issues that occurred early in his life, he is thriving.
He is playful, loves to giggle, blows kisses, and is striving to become
an independent little boy. We are so thankful we have the pleasure to be