Friday, April 18, 2014

About Premature Babies

Ashton Lucas (Lucas means giver of light...and he is an inspiration!  Never give up!)
Ashton was born weighing only 2.13 pounds.   As preemies do, he lost a good percentage of his birth weight, and for one day in his life, he weighed a mere 1.15 pounds.   He was born with hemophilia, and as a result of that, he was also born with a bleed in his brain, which God mercifully cleared up.   He was a very sick little boy, and had to be fed through a feeding tube.    He was in Huntsville Hospital's NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for a few months.  


In comparison to Ole Boy's hand


His little foot was smaller than Ole Boy's thumb

During a visit to the hospital after his release, he suddenly stopped breathing.   One of the techs stood over him for more than an hour manually pumping air into his little body until they were able to find a machine that would fit him. 

That's the small pack of baby wipes, not the regular size.


His little fingers couldn't wrap around LesLee's finger.

He is now a very active and healthy little boy.  


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Handsome, too!




5 comments:

  1. Wow, how tiny! It's so wonderful what modern medicine can do these days.

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    1. Yes...there were babies smaller than Ashton who survived as well. God is faithful.

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  2. The phrase 'against the odds' comes to mind. I'm pleased for him and all his family. He's a healthy-looking young fella now.

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  3. Adorable! How early was he? Forgive me, I can't remember, who carries the hemophilia gene and are the other kids affected?

    betty

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    1. He was born at 26 weeks. They gave her steroids at 25 weeks trying to enhance lung development. At 26 weeks, they felt they couldn't wait any longer to take him. Only males can have hemophilia, but the female carries the gene. The girls are not affected, and I do not know if they carry any part of the gene.

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