Friday, April 25, 2014

Walker's Story

First of all, we want to say thank you to too many people to name for the countless calls, messages, visits, thoughtful gestures and most of all, prayers. Here is Walker's Story:
On Monday, April 21st, at our regularly scheduled sonogram, we received bleak news about Baby Pruett's progress (we still didn't know if we were having a boy or girl). On Tuesday, after an answered prayer, we were able to see a specialist in Greensboro. Dr. Decker told us that Baby Pruett had Restricted Growth due to Insufficient Placenta. Meaning, the placenta wasn't providing the nutrients the baby needed to grow and was already 2 weeks behind. Erica was only 25 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Dr. Decker immediately sent us to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. We were greeted by wonderful and caring staff that took care of us over the next several days. Baby Pruett was monitored daily with sonograms and constantly hooked up to fetal heart rate monitor to make sure he was stable.

After several days of monitoring, and prayers that he would stay stable, on Friday morning, Baby Pruett decided he had other plans. At 11:50am, his heart rate plummeted from an average 150 beats a minute to 70 beats a minute. Our team of doctors decided it was time for him to meet the world via emergency C-section and he arrived at 12:15 on Friday, April 25, 2014.

An ecstatic daddy was able to trim his cord and hold his tiny hand for the very first time. The nurses put the baby in a plastic bag to protect his under-developed skin and quickly transported him to the NICU. A nervous daddy waited anxiously in the recovery room for mommy to come out of surgery. When she finally woke up, he was able to share the wonderful news that they had a baby boy!

It was around 5PM on Friday afternoon before mommy was able to be wheeled by the sweet baby boy’s crib to see him for the first time. According to the nurses, he was stable and doing well for such a small boy – a micro-preemie.

Once he was stable, Dad was able to return for a visit and show off his new son to his grandparents, Ricky and Kerry, Jennifer and Bart, Stacey, his great grandparents, Mamaw and Papaw Pruett, his Great-Aunt Jeanette, and his Uncle David.

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