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Welcome to the Caring Bridge Page of the #PreemiePrincess with some real #PreemiePower.
Princess Aubrey Kate English was born at 26 weeks weighing 1 pound and 10 ounces. She fought from the start only needing to be intubated for 24 hours. With God and her feistiness lead her to only spend 11 weeks in the NICU. Aubrey is now a sassy almost THREEager.
God has given Aubrey another battle to overcome to show you HIS goodness and HIS grace.
On April 11, mommy took Aubrey to the doctor because she had been going pee-pee a lot. Aubrey would potty and then 10 minutes later ask to potty again. Dr. Carter was assessing Aubrey's belly and felt something different in her right upper quadrant. (Now Dr. Carter has taken great care of Aubrey since she got home from the NICU.) Mom was worried because she knew that Dr. Carter really knew Aubrey. Dr. Carter was concerned that it was either an enlarged liver or stool from constipation. He sent Aubrey for a abdominal x-ray. He called back the next day and said there was some stool there so let's "clean her out" and he would see us back in 1 week. The next week came and on April 18th there was a follow up appointment. At that appointment, Dr. Carter still felt "something different" on her exam. He looked at mommy and said, "I really think this is her liver." He then ordered an abdominal ultrasound focusing on her liver. Aubrey had the ultrasound the next day on April 19th. During the ultrasound, the ultrasound tech said "I'm not supposed to tell you this but there is something on her liver." Mommy really thought that she did not know what she was talking about. The next day, really early, Dr. Carter called and said that there was indeed a mass on Aubrey's liver measuring 7cm x 5 cm x 4 cm. And we needed to get Aubrey to the ER at Scottish Rite.
So on April 19th, our whole world was rocked with the news that all images and labs were indicating that Aubrey had a hepatoblastoma. ( the scary name for a tumor in the liver). Mom and dad also found out that this type of tumor is associated with being premature, especially with birth weights of less than 1000gm. (Aubrey was 720gm at birth) Aubrey had a CT scan that confirmed that there was a tumor there and no metastasis to the chest or lungs. Thank you Jesus!!
So here is the journey of the 26 week preemie that will beat this hepatoblastoma like no other!!