Matthew is Born

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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.

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Catholic, Middle-Aged, Knitting-Addicted, Wife, Homeschooler, Mom of 6, Mom-in-Law to 1, Mother of 11 little saints, Grandma to 1, Godmother to 12, Foster Mom to 5, Army mom, Happily living in Texas!
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8 Responses to Matthew is Born

  1. KC says:

    Praying, praying, praying.

  2. Sarah says:

    Prayers being said!

  3. Lisa Sweet says:

    Thank you for the update. I am praying for Matthew and his family.

  4. Meredith says:

    I keep frantically checking your blog and Magnum Opus hoping to get some word on Matthew. Can’t get my mind off the little guy. I’m so glad you are there for Emily. I wish there was more I could do for her, but what I can do is pray and pray we are. Please assure her of all our prayers and love. Jesus, we trust in You.

  5. elizabeth says:

    I hope you will keep everyone updated on Matthew. I know how difficult (and dangerous) this time is right now, right after a birth with anomalies. I mothered three children with birth defects; one was given no chance to live, but he is 30 today; another was given a 50% chance to life and an expected life span of 21 years, but she is 33 and healthy (still has four serious birth defects but lives independently) today; the third came to us from Siberia as a teenager who had already lived about 10 years beyond doctors’ predictions; he is 32, a respected artist, and returned this year to his parents in Russia. I think people in these predicaments are special to God and that we can trust God to guide the doctors and make happen what is best for them — and to create a greater good out of the experience.

    Blessings to the mother, and I will, for sure, offer a prayer.

  6. jess says:

    Praying with all my heart!

  7. K says:

    I have been following Matthew’s story here and on Em’s blog. Many hugs and prayers to the family right now.

  8. Sue,
    We are praying and offering these crucial few days all for Matthew, Emily and family…God give them strength.

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