Bodie was born with a fairly common heart defect. It would require surgery to repair, but it could wait until a few months down the road.
We were told the surgery went well and we’d be home in a week or two. We did not know things were about to go horribly wrong.
He had four cardiac arrests during his recovery. The worst one was 2:30 Christmas morning. We watched outside his hospital room as more than a dozen doctors and nurses worked to save his life. Through the chaos we could see a nurse administering CPR. His little arms would jerk with each chest compression. Counting all his cardiac arrests, he endured a total of over an hour and half of CPR. Each time he pulled through.
Even though the CPR saved his life, it wasn’t enough to keep blood flowing to his feet and his brain. He suffered an anoxic brain injury causing fluid to build up in his skull. He started having seizures. Several procedures were done to drain the fluid and alleviate the pressure.
The bandages on his legs are because he just had most of his right foot amputated and two toes on his left amputated. The dollar bills are because the nurses think he’s a hottie. (Edit: it was part of a joke to lighten the mood. Don’t worry there was gauze underneath them and they were just there long enough for the picture.)
You gain a deep appreciation for how precious life is when you see a baby fight so hard to hang on to it and when you hear a 3 year old say “I’m here brother, I’m here”.
Home! because of the brain injury, he must relearn everything. He can’t eat or smile. He can’t sit up or hold his head up or roll over. His eyesight was damaged too. He has therapy sessions twice a day, five days a week.
Back to the hospital for his 16th(!) and final surgery. This is to repair a hernia that had developed.
Two things Bodie has taught us
1)No matter how long the odds, never ever ever give up.
2)Nothing is more important than love and family
Two things our time in the hospital taught us
1)Doctors and nurses are everyday heroes.
2)No matter how bad things get for you, there are always others going through more difficult hardships.
This baby’s miraculous story of survival teaches us a few things: no matter how hopeless a situation seems, the power of love, family and God can save you. Also, you should never give up. Miracles happen every day and you just have to learn to open up to God, have faith and pray!
Thank you to Jay and Stephanie for sharing this wonderful miracle story online.
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