Sunday, September 18, 2011
The Survival of Hope: Baby survives birth at 23 weeks
Children are a gift of the Lord.
The Survival of Hope
by Loisann Fowler
As a pregnant mother of 23 weeks gestation I was completely asymptomatic when labor started. After giving me a drug to attempt to stop labor, it was determined by amniocentesis that there were at least 4 known bacteria in the amniotic fluid. The baby was very sick and could not survive in the womb. In fact, the doctor told me the baby had a better chance at surviving outside the womb than inside the womb.
I was told that the likelihood of her surviving was very slim. The drug had only slightly slowed labor anyway; the baby wanted out. So pitocin was started and within a few minutes our 510 gram baby girl was born. That is 1lb 2 oz, & she was 11 inches long. A team of neonatologists and NICU nurses were ready and waiting.
However, before they rolled her away, the neonatologist asked me if I wanted to touch her. He wheeled her isolette beside my bed and I touched her little hairless head. Her arms moved toward her head and I placed my pinky finger on her delicate hand. To my amazement, she tightly wrapped her hand around my finger and squeezed. This was the beginning of Hope’s incredible battle.
There were never any promises made by the ataff, only the truth wrapped in patient love and professional wisdom. It was a long and rocky road of life and death moments. For four long months she grew inside of an isolette instead of my womb. No life saving measure was ignored. She was given the best of care. All of her organs were developed and operating at 23 weeks, except her lungs. A ventilator breathed the breath of life for her while she grew in strength and size. And she survived! We took Hope home 4 months after the day she was born; a whopping 4lbs!
Today, December 17, 2004, Hope is a 7 year old preparing for Christmas; with all of the joy and enthusiasm that brings. A petite 49lbs, Hope is as strong as an ox. She has no fear. She jumps from any height, runs without inhibition, climbs to the highest point and loves to go ‘faster’ than anything that has momentum. She only has hearing in one ear, one leg grows slower than the other (for which she wears a lift on one shoe), and she wears glasses for extreme nearsightedness while having no peripheral vision due to surgery to save her sight. Hope has no inclination that any of these things are handicaps in any way. She loves to draw, sing, play piano, put together puzzles, play games, jump into her older brothers arms with reckless abandon and is rarely motionless. Often her last question before going to sleep is, “What’s for breakfast?”
Without a doubt life begins at conception. Hope’s life began at conception. Her entire family and everyone whom she has ever met rejoices that life was pursued upon her early arrival into this world. Hope is extremely generous and has a tender, sensitive heart toward others. The world would be missing a wonderful gift had her life not been prized.
This is Hope at the beach with her mom, Loisann, 3 years ago. Hope is 11 years old in this photo.
Life is beautiful.
Hope Fowler was born in what is now called Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando in 1997. http://www.orlandohealth.com/winniepalmerhospital/NeonatalSpecialties/NeonatalSpecialties.aspx?pid=2707
Known as a hospital which fights valiantly to save the little preemie babies, Winnie Palmer sits only half a mile from Orlando Women's Center abortuary (http://womenscenter.com/). Every Wednesday through Thursday viable infants just like precious Hope are slaughtered. Their mothers are induced into labor and they deliver their sons & daughters into the toilet of the killing place.
Some, like Baby Rowan, are born alive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfnNzIzvT-k
Open your mouth for those who cannot speak for themselves,in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
~ Proverbs 31:8
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
~ Proverbs 24:11
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