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.

Surgery Day

Oct 28, 2011 -Requesting prayers for our Baby Jacob. This morning he went into surgery @ 8:00. The actually surgery just began at 9:45. The surgery will place his organs in the correct places and repair his hole in his diaphragm. At this time, the size of the hole is undetermined but the mesh patch they use will be cut to the appropriate size to serve as his new diaphragm. The mesh is two sided. The lung side is Gore Tex (slippery material, like the breathable/waterproof jackets). The stomach wall side is Marlex (a polypropylene malleable plastic cloth-like material). The surgery should take several hours possibly done around 12:30 or 1. We are getting updates every 1.5 hours. Thank you for all of your encouragement, prayers, love, and support!

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