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.

In the Home Stretch

Oct 17, 2011 -The University of Washington Medical Center, has been Katy's, Andy's, and Jacob's home for the past week. Still no Jacob, which although we all can't wait to see his adorable little face, we are thankful there hasn't been any more labor episodes.

Katy's contractions have been fluctuating in strength and intervals since their arrival last Sunday. Jacob is now at 37 weeks, which means if Katy goes into labor the doctors aren't as concerned. The question still remains as to whether Jacob's lung tissue has developed enough to allow him to breath independently and be able to endure further procedures. Ideally, doctors are hoping to make it to Friday. Katy will be induced and Jacob's birth should be soon after.

Katy and Andy have now successfully exhausted all their TV shows that they were behind on, eaten every food item on the not-so-wonderful hospital menu and in the cafeteria, and toured the entire hospital numerous times on their wheelchair outings. They have much appreciated the many guests who have assisted in passing the time.

As the anticipation of Jacob's birth gets closer. Katy and Andy are excited, yet they still wish Jacob could stay safe in the womb from the procedures yet to come.

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers, thoughts, support, and generosity for the Rondeau family.


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