Let's Start at the Very Beginning...

On September 15th, Katy and Andy found out that Baby Jacob has a life-threatening condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH is a very serious condition in which a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to move into the chest restricting lung development. In Jacob's case, his liver is also squishing his heart and displacing other organs. CDH occurs in about 1 out of every 3,000 pregnancies and has a mortality rate of 50%. To make matters more complicated, Jacob has Right-Sided CDH which only occurs in about 10% of CDH cases and is typically more severe. They are so blessed to have found this out when they did, or Baby Jacob would have surely died at birth.

They will be delivering at UW Hospital in Seattle and later transferred to Seattle Children’s. Thank you to everyone who has already begun praying, and everyone who will now. Baby Jacob is blessed to have all of you thinking and praying for him.

Blessings All Around

Update from Katy...

Sept 25, 2011 -On Friday we saw the cardiologist and Jacob had and echocardiogram. It is VERY common for CDH babies to have heart defects, some that are fatal. Jacob's heart looks completely normal! At this stage of development it can be very difficult to see the heart since the rib bones have already started to calcify, but the doctor said she was able to get really good pictures of Jacob's heart. This makes it easier for her to make a determination on the function and health of the heart. She was very confident that his heart is fine and normal! : ) He will get another echo within a couple of days after birth just to make sure 
nothing was missed since his heart is squished and not so easily seen.

Also, someone anonymously paid Landon's Pre-K tuition!  What a sweet blessing that is for our family during this crisis. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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