His team name says is all. Our little Jackson came into this world with a bang. An uneventful pregnancy turned into a very scary hour after delivery. Jackson had the cord around his neck so he was slightly blue but started to pink up a little when placed in my arms, 45 min later his foot turned purple and he never fully pinked up. Off to nicu he went where he deteriorated quickly (unknown to me as i couldn't leave the delivery room yet). My sister and Andrew went to visit jackson and report back when i saw the look on my sisters face and tears in her eyes i knew it wasn't good. His oxygen wouldn't go above 60%, gasping for air, HR 200s and no answer or improvement with any intervention. He was intubated and childrens mobile nicu was on their way. Finally able to go see him before he was rushed off i see all the nicu staff members at my newborns beside; as a nurse you know this can't be good. I was able to talk the Drs into discharging me 4hrs after delivery to be at his side (at 3am). When the doctors took us into the conference room a few hours after finding the cause (TAPVR) those words "your baby will need open heart surgery immediately" is when reality hit and a flood of emotions overcame us both. I could not be more thankful and blessed for the way the stars aligned the year prior with my new job...better insurance, closer to children's. I truly believe God has a plan for us all. An 8hr open heart surgery later our baby boy was sent to his room where we spent the first 2 weeks of his life. I am beyond thankful for those Doctors and staff who saved our baby boys life. Jackson is now a strong healthy 8 month old who completes our family. The pediatric congenital heart association provides a sense of hope, relief, compassion, and research for all families and patients. Writing this alone brought back tears to my eyes re-living that day. We would love nothing more than to pay forward to this cause and any donation would be appreciated. Thank you all & God bless!
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