My four and a half month old daughter is seeing a pediatric cardiologist today. Hope was born at 4 pounds, 6 ounces and now weighs 12 pounds. On day two of her life she was in respiratory distress for nearly 45 minutes. Her heart rate was dropping rapidly and the team of medical personnel weren’t quite sure what was causing the distress. The NICU doc, Dr. Bertagnoli, saved her life by extracting several ounces of fluid that had accumulated around her heart. Hope has not had any problems that we have observed over the duration of the last four months.
Her twin sister, Faith, was born at 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Faith was the one we were most concerned about, but Hope certainly got our attention in a hurry!
Faith and Hope are true miracles to be here with us today. I am praying for good news from the cardiologist on this follow up visit. The medical team wants to make sure there is no long term effects to the pleural effusion Hope experienced.
The entire pregnancy and the spiritual journey that Desiree went on during that time in our lives will be chronicled in my next book.
God is good…GREAT!!
Desiree called to tell me that Hope’s heart looks normal. This is a huge sigh of relief for us as our journey continues. The echo cardiogram was normal. Apparently Hope does have a small hole in her heart…doc said that 20% of population has this…we hit the lottery one more time!!! The hole that was made when Dr. Bertagnoli extracted the fluid has closed. The cardiologist is not worried about the small existing hole, he claims that had we not had the echo cardiogram we would have never noticed it and Hope will, most likely live a normal happy like. Nothing to worry about. Everything is good. God is Great!!!