Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Unexpected News from Yesterday

We went to the doctor yesterday for what was supposed to be a team meeting. We were going to meet with a doctor from the practice where we have been transferred and a cardiologist from the practice where they have been looking at his heart and they were going to discuss what will happen once Levi is born and talk to us about all of our plans and what to expect. Before we went back to see the doctor the nurse was going to do a "quick ultrasound" to take some measurements but when she finished she said the doctor might want to look also. We went into another room and the doctor did another ultrasound and asked the nurse to pull up the pictures from earlier in the pregnancy. He determined that Levi doesn't have just situs inversus with a heart condition. Now they have discovered that he has a diaphragmatic hernia. He said he may also have some situs inversus with this but we don't know. Basically there is a missing part or hole in the muscle that keeps his organs where they need to be and some of his organs are going up into his chest. They could be pushing his heart to the wrong side and putting pressure on it, we don't know yet if this is why his heart is on the wrong side. The heart condition that they have planned for surgery for after he is born (coarctation of the aorta) could just be pressure on his heart from the organs pushing against it but that's something else we won't know until he is born. This is a very serious condition. The doctor said it is one of the most serious things they can see up there.
So now instead of us having a heart surgery when he is about a week old that they expected him to do completely fine with, we will have to have him sent from UAB to Children's within a couple of hours after he is born and hook him up to machines because his lungs will not be developed properly due to the other organs pushing against them as well. They will have to do a surgery on him and possibly multiple surgeries.
The doctor said at best he will be in the hospital for 4-6 weeks. At best usually means that the baby has nothing else wrong except the diaphragmatic hernia and our baby may have a heart condition to go with it. He said that 50% of babies at best with this condition survive. He said that we have less that a 50% chance and that our baby has a long road ahead. But I really don't care what they say. I am devastated to hear this news but I am having faith that we can get everyone we know praying for our little guy and God will show them who is boss. We are putting this in His hands and hoping that our little fighter will be a miracle that brings God glory. Please get EVERYONE you know praying for Levi. People we don't know, prayer chains, anything. We have got to cover him in prayer for the next few weeks or even months!


  1. I am so sorry. I will pray that those 50% don't matter and that you will be able to take him home some day and watch him grow up.


  2. Becca, I had NO idea when I saw you on Saturday what you have been going through. I didn't keep up on much from the other side of the world. :( Please know that Brian and I will be praying for Levi, and for your entire family. {{hugs}}

  3. Becca

    I am praying for you and Levi! Our God is the master healer!

  4. I'll be praying for you and Levi!

    (P.S. - I love that name. :)