03 October 2009

Understanding What Happened

We have struggled to process so much information in a short amount of time. A part of all of this processing has been trying to figure out what happened to Bennett in the womb and after the birth.

Here is alittle bit of background information of what brought us to this point and an update of what we know now:

On the evening of 9/29, Breck became very worried that the baby was not moving like he should have been moving. For hours she stayed still to find she couldn't feel him at all.

At 8am on 9/30, Breck called her OBGYN and asked to come in to check on the baby. The OBGYN office recommended that she go straight to the hospital instead.

It was hard for Breck to believe that the baby was not moving in the womb. However, only a year or so ago, one of Breck's dear friends Cynthia had lost her own 38 week old baby who just quit moving in the womb. Breck didn't want to overreact but her fears were heightened by the reality "it can happen."

Breck rushed to the hospital while texting Brian to come as quickly as possible. Fortunately, the nurses were able to find Bennett's heartbeat immediately - reassuring everyone that the baby was ok.

However, after further monitoring, it was evident that Breck's fears were justified: the baby was not moving. Bennett was in the womb alive but not moving.

Therefore, Breck was induced immediately and gave birth within 7 hours from arriving at the hospital that morning.

The baby came out very pale. Bennett did not cry or even move. His tummy was bigger than his head (unusual for newborns whose heads are usually 1/3 of their body weight). Bennett wasn't dead but he was in serious condition. He was given a Apgar Score of 1 at 1 minute of life. Brian and Breck had no idea. The OBGYN was shocked.

Fortunately, the nurses and doctors were able to care for him quickly and pumped air through his lungs. Within 5 minutes, his Apgar Score rose to 8. However, it was evident to everyone that Bennett was born very very sick.

Bennett was rushed to the NICU upstairs for evaluation. Within hours, he was transferred by ambulance to a nearby NICU where pediatric surgeons are available. Bennett was put through emergency surgery in the middle of the night.

It was later confirmed that Bennett was born with a huge hole in his colon. The hole was the size of a half dollar and stretched across his transverse colon. In addition, 250cc or about 1 cup of meconium (the baby's first poop) had been leaked from the colon into the abdomen. This caused Bennett to be terribly uncomfortable as well as unable to breathe (due to the meconium pushing up on his lungs).

The surgeons were able to repair his colon and have connected his ileum (where the small intestine attaches to the colon) to an ileostomy bag on the outside of his body. This will help the doctors see if his digestive system is working correctly.

Once it is established that Bennett is eating well and his body can handle the demand of doing so, Bennett will be put back into surgery to reconnect his intestines together. At that point, his colostomy bag would be removed.

We don't know much beyond this at this point. However, we do know that had Breck not listened to her intuition and the doctor had not paid close attention to her concerns, Bennett would very likely not have made it to or through the birth alive.

We are so thankful for God's hand in all of this.


  1. We are, too. We are all so thankful she listened, and that he's here and in good medical hands. Love to you all.

  2. Our prayers are with you guys.

    Jessica and Andy

  3. I am praying for your precious little baby. May God be with you all and keep you strong.

    Sondra Mott

  4. thanks for the summary. continuing to pray fervently for baby bennett.


  5. Tears are streaming down my face as I read this post. What a miracle. I, too, am so thankful for mommy's intuition that God provides us. We are praying for all of you and love you guys so much! I wish so much that we were closer so we could provide more than blog comments. If there is ANYTHING we can do - PLEASE let us know!!!


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