Em called last night to let us know that Matthew was not doing well. She had not felt him move all day and went in to be checked. Matthew had developed “full-blown” hydrops and his heart was extremely erratic. They used the amnio procedure to drain off some of the excess water and put heart meds directly into the umbilical cord to help stabilize his heart. Unfortunately, I learned this morning that the result of this treatment was a dangerously low heartbeat (about 15 bpm!) and Em had an emergency C-section. Thanks be to God, they were able to (and did, of course) baptize him after he was born.
Matthew Karol is a very big boy! At barely 32 weeks he was born at 6lbs 7 ounces!!!! This boy needed every ounce he could get for the fight ahead. Matthew’s lungs are not well developed and he is not moving much at all. The next 2 to 3 days are critical for him. Please cover him in prayer and remember his mom and dad.