Friday, September 28, 2012

Joe Mata- My birth story

Joe and his son Isai
Our son, Isai, was born at 25 wks through emergency cesarean and weighed 1 lb 14.6 ounces. The doctors gave us very little hope as to his chances of survival. The 75 days were, as the nurses kept telling us, a roller coaster ride. By the grace of God, he came home with only an apnea machine and a few meds and weighing 6lbs 7 oz.'s. He has a grade 3 brain bleed on one side and a 4 on the other which has caused damage but we do not know what, if any, kind of delays he might have. 

Of all the things I learned in the NBICU, the one thing I learned the most was patience, patience, patience. There was nothing I could do to help him get better but sit, wait, and pray. Every day was an accomplishment. Every day I found something new to be grateful for. I reached out to our friends and family for support and prayer. One quick story, my favorite I might add, is the morning he was born, only a few hours old and after I knew mom had been settled in her room, I went to the hospital to see him. Let me back track a bit...he was born at one hospital, then transferred to another because where he was born, the hospital did not have an NBICU. So, mom was at one place and baby at another. As I was walking down the bay to his bed, I noticed the other babies crying and moving around and when I got to him, he was lying still. The nurse immediately told me that he had been sedated to which I asked "so he won't be moving for a while then?" and the nurse replied "No". At that moment, as if on que, he raised his right arm up into the air with a clenched fist and held it there for a bit. In my heart, he was telling me "here I am dad, and I'm here to fight!" with that, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face, I walked away knowing that God was working his magic and that my baby boy was going to be just fine. Our little warrior came home on September 11th, 2012. Even though he came home with a few medicines and an apnea monitor,he has defied the odds and truly is a "miracle baby". The road has only just begun. We still have a few battles ahead of us but with our faith, nothing is impossible!

1 comment:

  1. Joey what a wonderful story. He truly is a " Miracle Baby" . May the Lord Bless him with an abundance of love and Happiness. God Bless you all my friend..

    Jessica Ramos