Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bryan Leonard

Some of you may have heard the story already.
Bryan Leonard was born September 2 at 11:40 PM. He was 1 pound and 5 ounces. Yes, he is a premie. His mom, Jesse, had been in the hospital for 2 weeks and was doing a great job of keeping her spirits up, despite having to also keep her feet elevated above her head. She was having complications. After 2 weeks of being laid up in a hospital bed herself, unable to even use the bathroom, she gave birth to Bryan. Nobody was sure if he would make it more than a few hours. He's now 10 days old. Bryan still has a long way to go before he's ready to come home though. They won't let him leave the hospital until he weighs 5 pounds. He has a heart murmer and a valve in his heart that won't close. He did get one good feeding then it was decided that they need to fix the heart before he can continue eating. As of now we are waiting to find out when the heart surgery will be scheduled. It's hard to image when you see how small he is, that a doctor could be careful enough with his instruments to perform a surgery on his heart. I keep him in my praryers daily. The picture here has his eyes covered. They are open now (they were still fused shut at birth), but the light is too bright for his eyes, so he wears his little mask. He is also a tinge of yellow (it's jaundice that is not visible well in the picture), so he has the special light shining on him a lot to help reduce the risk for problems from it. This little guy is fighting and is amazing. I was able to see him in person for the first time on Sunday (9-12) and watch him breath and move around a little. He's very active for his size and does most of his breathing on his own. It is trully amazing the good spirits that Jesse and Brandon (the dad) have been able to keep during this time. Keep them in your prayers.