30 September 2009

Pictures: First Pictures of Baby Bennett

Our little man's bed in the NICU

Bennett in the NICU

Bennett, under the Oxygen Hood, which helps him breathe.

Our sweet boy.

Bennett looks a bit blue here.  But, fortunately, he's stable.

A close up of our baby boy.

Daddy and Bennett

Momma and Bennett (Momma has obviously been crying.  It's sad for her not to hold her little boy.)

Daddy and Aunt Brook get to visit Bennett for the first time.

Comparing First Pictures of Oliver and Bennett:
Oliver, November 2, 2007

Bennett, September 30, 2009

Birthday - Update 11:30pm

At this time, Bennett has been diagnosed with Meconium Peritonitis, which is bowel perforation.  

The doctors think Bennett had a bowel obstruction at some point in the womb.  This backed up the meconium (the baby's first bowel movement) and his bowels apparently erupted.  Therefore, at this time, the doctors believe Bennett has meconium in his abdomen, which has greatly extended it.  In addition to the danger of a ruptured bowel and the potential of infection through the spread of meconium, this displacement of meconium has made it hard for Bennett to breathe.  

At 9:30pm, Bennett left by ambulance to go for neonatal surgery at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas (about 30 minutes away).  He should have surgery later tonight or tomorrow.  We will know more regarding his care once we know the surgery is planned.

Baby Gamel Has Arrived! - Update 5:15pm

Dear Friends,

We thought you might like to know that our newest little addition to the Gamel family has arrived!

Bennett Brinson Gamel was born this afternoon at 3:10pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

Weight: 7 lbs, 11 oz
Length: 20 inches long
Head Circumference: 33cm

Please keep Bennett in your prayers as he was born struggling to breath. He is currently in the NICU at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. We have not heard any news about how he is doing and we have not had a chance to hold him. But we know that he is in good hands with the doctors here. God is good always.

We will send more details as soon as we have them.

Brian, Breck and Oliver