Oliver Sterling Armendariz was born on July 30th, 2018. He arrived early, at 33 weeks and 6 days, weighing 4 pounds. Within just a few hours after delivery he was diagnosed with "VACTERL Syndrome", VACTERL orrcurs in 1/10,000 births, and while it is gene-based, it is random and no known cause exists. Oli endured his first surgery in his first 24 hours of life, and has a handful of medical needs that will change daily. He is currently in the NICU and will likely be there for several months.
Oliver had surgery on July 31st to repair his esophageal atresia. The surgeon was able to repair a tracheoesophageal fistula (where the esophagus is connected to the trachea). At a later date another surgery will be performed to attach the esophagus to the stomach, Oliver currently has a feeding tube and a colostomy. He will begin feedings on August, 4th. Gracie has been pumping and freezing her milk, and they can't wait to feed their baby.
In addition to the esophageal atresia, Oliver also has an anal atresia (absent anus). He will likely have two surgeries to attend to this issue once he weighs around fifteen pounds.
Oliver's extended stay in the NICU and multiple operations will be expensive; we are still not sure how much will be covered by insurance. The procedure for the anal atresia may require travel to another city/state to find the best option for Oliver's case.
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We are in love with this precious baby boy, and this little "fruitful peacemaker" is changing lives already!