Wyatt Ritchie Hope 4 Wyatt

First post: Jul 2, 2018 Latest post: Aug 10, 2018
Wyatt's story is only just now being written. His mother (Niki), twin sister (Fiona), and I (dad/Josh) are all hoping to rally support to help him fight for many more chapters to come. 

Right now, Wyatt is happy and thriving with his sister Fiona in their mommy's tummy. Niki is 23 weeks pregnant as of July 3rd 2018. We just found out that Wyatt has a congenital trait (I am not calling it a defect because he is our perfect little boy) known as CDH: congenital diaphragmatic hernia. What that means is a portion of his diaphragm (muscle that separates the chest cavity from abdominal cavity) is missing, causing/allowing the small intestine, liver, and other organs to enter the chest cavity and press on his heart and lungs. This prevents 1 or both lungs from fully developing. The condition is rare (1/3000) and life threatening (about 50% nationwide). Wyatt is particularly special because his hernia is on the right side which only occurs in around 15% of cases.  

Wyatt is a fighter. We have seen him on numerous ultrasound  and watched him guard his face while his sister gives him a good swift kick. We've even seen him throw a few punches. Now we are preparing ourselves for the fight of a lifetime and we appreciate any emotional and financial support given. Thank you for following our story.