michael's story By Jean Print
Birth Stories - Complicated Birth Stories
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 09:26
I'm writing my grandson's story. My daughter, Laura, is 22. She was diagnosed as a Type I diabetic when she was 11. Her pregnancy was considered high-risk and she was sent by her local obs. to a specialized hospital for her pregnancy and delivery.

She had a difficult pregnancy, hospitalized for a week with high blood sugars when she was 2 months pregnant and had several severe diabetic reactions that resulted in seizures later in the pregnancy.

During her 7th month the baby began to have heart decelerations. She was hospitalized again for several days and from then until her delivery she drove the 70 mile round-trip to have the baby monitored every day for an hour.

Her due date was July 10th but on June 14th she was admitted to the hospital to be induced because Michael had had a rough deceleration at her morning monitoring. The plan was to soften her cervix on the 14th and induce her the morning of the 15th. During her first night there, she had another severe reaction.

Her labor began and progressed slowly on the 15th. The baby's father was with her and I arrived after work, about 5 pm, to wait in the hospital lobby. Dennis came down periodically to keep me informed of the progress. at 12:20 am he came out of the elevator looking very upset. He said the baby's head came out at 12:05 am but that his shoulders were stuck and it was 9 min. before he completely delivered.

The baby was lifeless and white although his head was purple. Dennis said Laura was bleeding heavily and they asked him to leave the room. A few minutes later one of the ob doctors came down to talk to us. He said Michael was born not breathing and without a heartbeat and they were trying to resuscitate him. He was very concerned about not only Michael's survival but ensuing brain damage from the lack of oxygen. He took us back to the delivery room.

In the delivery room things were very somber. One Dr was suturing Laura who was still bleeding. The ob that had talked to us was asking for the minutes of head and body delivery, etc. to write in the chart. Laura was crying softly. Dennis was pacing the room. All I could think of was: She came here for the very best treatment - this shouldn't be happening.

I heard some laughing coming from a closed door off the delivery room and asked a nurse if that's where Michael was. The nurse said, no he was already in the special care unit. A few minutes later, though, a team of doctors came out of that little room with Michael in a bed, hooked up to a number of wires and intubated. They brought him close enough for Laura to reach out and touch him before they whisked him off. Apparently the laughter I heard was their jubilation at Michael's revival.

The pediatrician talked to us, telling us that they waged an 'all-out battle' to bring him back. His left leg, she said, was purple because she'd injected him in the bone to work at starting his heart. His head was purple, cut and bruised from the delivery. She said, "Will he walk, will he talk? We don't know. He was a long time without oxygen and even though we were providing what we could it's not the same as if he were breathing on his own." But he had moved all 4 limbs and that was encouraging. His left arm, she said, may be affected by the ordeal.

And so, this was Michael's entrance into our lives. It was heart-wrenching and difficult. We were brought to the special care nursery on our way to Laura's room and we saw him. I was relieved to see both his legs jerk at a loud sound in the room.

During the next few days he continued to amaze us. He lifted his head, he reacted to sound and light, he sucked. He came off the oxygen 14 hours after birth and his chest tube came out 2 days later. 4 days later he began to eat from his bottle.

Today michael's 4 weeks old. Everything looks great. Even his arm is moving fairly well. He's our miracle baby and we cherish him.