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Zac and had always talked about growing our family, naturally we were ecstatic to find out we were expecting in early March of 2021. Admittedly, very early on I told Zac In felt something just wasn't right, buy quickly attributed it to the current world circumstances. Covid, us being a military family living thousands of miles away in a foreign country etc.
My fears were confirmed a few months later when at a regular ultrasound appointment when we heard the phrase no parent ever wants to hear " There is a problem."
Over the next few days and numerous doctors later we would come to learn that our new baby would be born with a severe congenital heart defect. This particular defect will require open heart surgery, possibly within the first 72 hours of life. We would come to learn about numerous other issues that typically come with our particular diagnosis, some we still don't have answers to, others we have chosen to keep private.
Of course, this catapulted our world into chaos as the next few weeks unfolded. Being thousands of miles away from home and away from a Healthcare system we know, we were lost.
After consulting with family and to being seen at the military hospital in Landstuhl, the decision was made that the best care for our baby would be back in the U.S.
We worked diligently to figure out how to get our family home by the time the specialist would like us back, but were unfortunately faced with tough decisions, which has left us all heartbroken as our 6 year old and I had return stateside without our rock, Zac. Along with Zac staying behind, we left without the majority of our lives, which were packed a few weeks after we left.