We are overwhelmed with your generosity and your support in the prayers that have been lifted up for Z (Mom) and Baby Charlotte! So…I wanted to update you on the little bit we know right now. Your prayers are such a comfort!
Z’s note to you…
I am just so overwhelmed by all the love from my family and friends around the world. No cross is too hard to bear when you have so many people lifting you up!! ❤️
Z seems to be doing as well as expected. They are struggling a bit to keep her blood pressure down. The word has been that she may get out of the hospital on Monday.
Friday…All Saint’s Day:
When Z was pushing, the doctor and the nurses (3 of them) saw that the baby’s heartbeat dropped way down. When they couldn’t get it up, they “literally” ran her bed to the emergency C-Section room. The doctor said Z went under anesthesia at 1:01 p.m. and the baby was born at 1:02 p.m!
Z had a very large rupture of her uterus and therefore, the baby was deprived of oxygen and blood flow.
The doctor came in to Colin and myself and had a very grim prognosis. She said most babies do not survive and if they do, they have huge problems. When I asked if some cases turn out all right, she said that miracles happen…and she has seen some.
So…that is what we are praying for!
Right now the baby is undergoing something called “Cooling Therapy”. Here is the explanation….
Quote from HIE Help Center.
There is one established treatment that can minimize permanent brain damage from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). However, it must be given very shortly after birth/the oxygen-depriving incident in order to be effective (ideally within six hours). This treatment is known as hypothermia therapy, but it has many other names, such as “therapeutic hypothermia,” “cooling therapy,” and “neonatal cooling.” Hypothermia therapy involves cooling the baby down to a temperature below homeostasis to allow the brain to recover from a hypoxic-ischemic injury. Typically, the target temperature is about 33.5 degrees Celsius (92.3 degrees Fahrenheit) (1). There are two ways that hypothermia therapy can be administered: using a cooling cap for “selective brain cooling” or by cooling the baby’s entire body (“whole-body cooling”). Either of these options can be effective; the choice to use one over the other is dependent on what protocols are in place and what equipment a particular NICU has (2).
By Monday night Charlotte should be done this part.
Then the rewarming…
After therapeutic hypothermia, the baby must be rewarmed slowly in order to prevent reperfusion injury. The AMC PSO suggests that the baby’s temperature should be increased by 0.2 – 0.5 degrees Celsius, until it reaches 36.5 degrees Celsius. Because there is an increased risk of seizure activity during rewarming, doctors should also consider EEG monitoring (2).
Z has only seen her baby once….for a very short time. We will try to keep watch as much as we can with Little Charlotte.
Once again, thank you so much for the prayers.
I will continue my regular posts and give you any significant updates. The prayers mean so much. God bless you!
Will offer our family’s Mass today for your family and sweet Charlotte. – Olsons from Nashville, TN
Thank you so much, Danielle!
Is anyone singing to Charlotte? If not, I highly suggest this. My future daughter in law Is a music therapist. Babies who are sang to respond to treatment better praying for you all! I prayed to the Jesus, Infant of Prague at Mass last night for her and mamma.
You bet we are! 🎶 Thank you so much, Elizabeth!
Praying for all at mass this morning!!! Give all a big hugs from us! God bless!
Thank you Mary Ann! ❤️
Milissa Kukla said:
We are praying! Has Charlotte been baptized & confirmed? <3
Leisa owens said:
Praying for all of you! Blessed Solanus Casey please pray for little Charlotte
S. Marie said:
I had my 10th baby on Tuesday evening. It was intense, I suffered so much at the end, but when it was over my husband reminded me that we had the best thing, a healthy baby. We are having nursing issues, and I will do my best to remember baby Charlotte and offer up some of that suffering for a miracle for her.
Catherine Smith said:
Keeping your family in my prayers!
Anne Marie Sweden said:
Such beautiful images of a sweet baby who is greatly loved and being supported by the prayers of so many! We will remember the family in our rosary this week.
Julia Mary said:
We’ve been keeping her in our prayers, hoping for that miracle! I’m so glad you posted an update! God bless you all, especially mom and baby!
Continuing to pray and offer up little sacrifices for baby Charlotte!
I am offering Mass this morning for baby Charlotte! Praying for a miraculous recovery.
VICKEY GUESS said:
Prayers for healing for your sweet baby Charlotte and God’s peace for the family. (From John’s aunt in Oregon)
Thank You for the update. Baby Charlotte is continuing in our prayers and thoughts for a miracle. Elizabeth will be in our thoughts and prayers too. If love,prayers and miracle thoughts are a positive force for Baby Elizabeth she will be okay with all the love and prayers surrounding her. God Bless all
Joan,Marilyn and Marion
I’ll keep Baby Charlotte and her momma in my daily prayers. Will also offer daily mass this week for them.
Gregorian music…helps tremendously the brain ( Dr. Thomasis)
Sing prayers, by her bedside ( Ave Maria Stella etc..)
One day at a time, surrender, say your Fiat!
God is near…He hears the cry of ” the poor”
You are in our everyday prayer and offerings…
If you seek advice ( we went through the same 1 year ago) I am here for you!
Yours in Christ,
Mary Jo Winfrey RN, BS said:
We are praying her in Texas for baby Charlotte. Do you have any Lourdes water? I will send you some if you email my your address.
Doris Bond said:
3 years ago my 33 year old son youngest of four, had to come back home to live with us because he was dealing with post herpetic neuralgia due to shingles of the head. He had it for the past several months which caused him such pain that he had to quit working. He was not married. About 2months after he was living with us, we found him struggling to breath and we were unable to wake him in the morning. The ambulance got him to KU med emergency room, and then his heart stopped, it took the emergency staff 5 minutes of working on him before his heart started to beat again. The doctors said he had hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. He was in ICU for a week, but unconscious for 3 days. He went to rehab to learn how to walk, talk, use the bathroom, feed and groom himself again. It was slow, but he did it! The doctors were all astounded, saying his progress was a miracle, considering all that happened to him.He has gerd (acid reflux), and he aspirated on it in the middle of the night, it scalded his lungs and caused immediate pneumonia, and 2 blood lots in his right lung as well. His sleep apnea also contributed to his aspirating. He has been living with us these 3 years hence, due to his brain injury, with short term memory loss and some cognitive difficulties. But he is ALIVE! Our Lord tells us that our son has more for him in this world yet to come before he is ready to leave. I see small and a few big improvements in him since that horrific day when we could not wake him. Father Fongemie, our FSSP of St. Philippine Church met us in the emergency room, and gave him last rites, and visited him for several days thereafter, in ICU, ministering more blessings and graces upon him with each visit. I have no idea where we’d be without our dear Fr. Fongemie. We are eternally grateful for him and to him. Our Blessed Mother, Sts. Anthony, Jude, The Divine Infant Jesus of Prague all carried us through those dark days and still do during his slow and continual progression towards healing. May Our Dear Lord grant that Z. and baby Charlotte be totally and completely healed very soon. P!ease, God. We will daily pray for this!
Jacqueline Harbaugh said:
Wow! How frightening! We are praying for baby, mama, and all of you!
Love and prayers,
Michael and Jacqueline Harbaugh
Joana Miranda said:
Oh my, I am praying for all the family
God bless baby and whole family
Prezzia Karen said:
Praying for all!