Hey everyone! I want to share a little story about our journey with Holden!
Started off at 12 weeks when I (Jessica Schoch) found out I had complete placenta previa, for those of you that do not know what that is, it’s where my placenta was covering my crevix which was very life threatening to the baby (Holden) and I. I was hospitalized at 22 weeks due to bleeding, they told us that holden may not make it and we should take it in consideration to terminate the pregnancy because I had two other babies and a husband that needed me through life. Which we understood but they watched the pregnancy day in and day out. My water broke at 23 weeks and they thought Holden was coming but very shocking to the doctors we held on for 4 more weeks. Holden was born at 27 weeks and 3 days weighing 2 lbs, 6 ounces and 14 inches long. He did GREAT after birth and was taking off the ventilator 8 hours after birth and was breathing on his own. Us as parents were ecstatic and we’re ready for the NICU journey because our whole pregnancy we were given very little hope for him to come through. Couple days of holdens life our ecstatic became a NIGHTMARE. Holden got diagnosed with severe chronic lung disease, and had to be put back on the ventilator the support of the ventilator kept creeping up on him. December 5th we were told that Holden was the sickest baby in the NICU and he may not make it and they were at a wall with his care to make him better. My heart has never hurt so badly we fought so hard to get him here i wasn’t just going to throw in the towel and give up on my son. I went searching on a second opinion and was brought to my attention a children’s hospital in columbus Ohio called nationwide hospital. They have their own unit for chronic lung disease. The doctor there was willing to do consultations with our Neonatologist here, within a week Holdens oxygen went from 100% to 64% just by doctor lynch (Neonatologist in Ohio) suggesting them to make some changes on the vent. I truly believe God sent me to get a second opinion to save my baby. Chronic lung disease is not cured over night especially how severe holdens are. My Mommy heart wants my baby to have a chance at a normal life and to be able to come home to me daddy and brother and sister some day. That all being said Holden deserves a chance to get transfered to nationwides chronic lung disease clinic. We are going through everything now to get him there. No one wants to ask for help especially those who work their butts off for what they already have but sometimes life throws you curves and you need it. Holdens and Is travel, food and most importantly medical expenses are getting up there. With me being hospitalized and now At by his bed side at all times making sure he is getting cared for I can not work and that is leaving my hubby working day in and day out and leaving our two kids at home being cared for by others. Who would have ever thought trying to complete your family with one more bundle of joy would cause so much hurt and trouble? No one, but We will never give up on my boy and one day he WILL come home to us and we all will be under one roof! That all being said if you can make any donations from the bottom of our hearts we will appreciate it and it will help in so many ways, if not donations prayers and support is a true blessing also! THANK YOU! Love the Graves family!