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Camryn Kristine Coulson was born at 6:38am on Sunday, February 5th. She came 3 weeks and 3 days early, weighing 4lbs., 11oz. and measuring 19 1/4" long. This little lady let us know she was going to need some extra attention at the 28 week ultrasound, when the doctors noticed a "double bubble" in her abdomen - meaning her stomach and the first portion of her small intestine were very distended and full of amniotic fluid. This gave a strong suspicion of a birth defect called Duodenal Atresia, when the intestines don't develop properly to allow for proper digestion. We began watching her closely from that point on with weekly ultrasounds, hoping to get as far along as we could before spontaneous labor occurred. An unfortunate consequence of Duodenal Atresia is often polyhydramnios for Mom, which means the amount of amniotic fluid is higher than normal and can often cause preterm labor. In our case, the polyhydramnios was very severe, causing Mom to measure as if she were 40 weeks pregnant at 33 weeks! The fact that we made it to 36 weeks and 4 days gestation before Cami was born is nothing short of a miracle.
The treatment for Duodenal Atresia is surgery in the first few days of life to reconnect the intestines. Following surgery, she will earn her way out of the NICU and home with her family by regaining full bowel function and taking feedings by mouth. This is often a long process that can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks. We are hoping and praying for a quick recovery and God's strength every day for this little girl to overcome all the challenges ahead of her.