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12/22/2016 Latest post:
Cole Matthew Carlson was born December 17, 2016 via C-section at Hudson Hospital. He weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 19.5 in long. He came into this world already completely loved by his parents, sister, grandparents, aunts and uncles and so many other family and friends.
Sometime during the delivery, Cole suffered a fetal-maternal hemorrhage. This is the loss of fetal blood cells into the maternal circulation. Cole came out of the womb with less than 25% of the normal amount of blood he should have. This caused him to go without hemoglobin for an unknown amount of time. The team of doctors and nurses at Hudson Hospital worked on our little boy, giving him blood transfusions and all the care they could, until the NICU from Children's Hospital showed up.
The staff in the NICU has worked around the clock, giving Cole multiple blood transfusions, and also putting him on a 72 hour total body cooling protocol. This helps to reduce swelling on his brain and also the rest of his body try to heal from the injuries of going without hemoglobin. While under the total body cooling, the staff monitors his stats, including brain waves, to make sure he is recovering. Cole's battle has always been lack of brain waves, something the doctors have been concerned about since he arrived at Children's. The doctors told us they like to see increased brain activity somewhere between the 24-48 hour mark. Unfortunately, Cole hasn't shown in any increase since the cooling process began.
Once the 72 hours of cooling is over, they begin a warm up process, which can take 6-8 hours. At 8:30 pm tonight (12/20/16), Cole started the warm up process. Jeremy and I are ever hopeful that the warm up process will trigger something in Cole and his brain activity will pick up. We ask that each of you that reads his story say a prayer for our boy, so that maybe we'll get the miracle we've been praying for since Saturday.