Judah’s Story

After suffering from a 16-week miscarriage with our son Joseph (read more about his story here), we got pregnant with Judah 2 months after.

Pregnancy with Judah was rough from the get-go: I hemorrhaged 3 times, and we made 9 trips to the ER before 19 weeks, each time thinking we had lost another baby.

At 19 weeks and 1 day, the doctors discovered at one of these ER trips that "there was little to no fluid surrounding baby". I was diagnosed with something called PPROM (Pre-term, Premature Rupture of Membranes). You can read more about our pregnancy journey with Judah here. I was told to go on bed rest, and given no hope for this baby from the doctors.

 

I was put on bed rest, and given no hope for this baby ...

 

At 22 weeks and 2 days, I was admitted to the Birthing Unit, as I had some more bleeding. This is where I rested for 3.5 weeks, until Placental Abruption caused Judah to be born via emergency C-section at 25 weeks and 5 days.

Judah was born on July 15th, 2016 at 3:33am, weighing in at 1 pound, 14 ounces. He screamed at birth, at the Neonatologist working on him told us things didn't look good for him, but that he was "ferocious".

Our little fighter went on to spend 114 days at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Surrey Memorial Hospital, where he defied the odds and made it through several infections. On November 7th, Judah had to have an emergency transfer to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, as his condition was worsening.

Upon arrival at BC Children's, we were again braced for the worst as Judah was in his roughest state. After several life-saving procedures were performed on him, Judah continued on to spend another 65 days in the BC Children's Hospital's NICU, and was finally discharged on January 13th, 2017 after a total of 181 days in hospital. You can read more about Judah's hospital journey here.

Judah came home on Oxygen support, and has required respiratory support via CPAP at night ever since. He also requires nursing support staff overnight (which means SLEEP for us as parents), and is continuing to improve in every aspect of his health, EVERY DAY.

For updates on Judah's health and daily victories, follow along here.