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.


Update from the Rondeau's
Oct 19, 2011 -It was confirmed with doctors last night that on Thursday evening Katy will undergo an amniocentesis, a procedure that samples her amniotic fluid for indicators of Jacob's lungs maturity. If they appear mature enough to sustain the medical procedures necessary upon birth, they will continue with the processes of induction. If not, then we will wait until Jacob is ready; which by the looks of it will be soon anyways as Katy's contractions are more intensified and regular. If Jacob's labor/delivery is anything like Landon's (6.5 hours) and Hazel's (1.75 hours), he may be born Thursday night. After birth, we have no definitive say on further procedures or outcomes. Please continue to pray for Jacob's lung development and for the medical team who will be in charge of his care.

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