Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Sam and I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Samuel apparently didn't want to miss the 2016 holiday season, so instead of waiting for Valentine's Day he arrived in plenty of time for Turkey and stuffing . Weighing in at just under 1 kilo (1lb. 11oz) Samuel was born by emergency C/Section at just 24 weeks or 16 weeks early.
Since then Samuel has been in the NICU level 4 and now level 3 in The Texas Children's"s Pavilion and he is currently still in the ventilator and being tube fed breast milk donated by marvelous women. Despite this Quito's first born child is a strong little man and he has battled successfully against pneumonia and the need for a PICC line as well as his extreme prematurity. At this point the prognosis is getting better every day and my hope is he beats no longer term effects from his early entry.
As of today Sam is 2lbs and 13oz. (1.3kilos) which is a weight gain of 50% in 6 weeks. (Imagine a 200 pound man becoming 300 pounds in 6 weeks and it gives a whole new meaning to "biggest gainer")
This Caribgbridge site is great because it will give me one place to blog, to post pictures and to update everyone who knows us. A trust fund/crowd funding site is being set up for Samuel's needs and will be managed through ENT credit union. That way all the people who have asked how they can help will have a link that lets them do this. My sister's are helping with that. Thank-you all for the outpouring of prayer, emotional support and words of advise we have received. These are like bread for my soul during this very tenuous, crazy journey of neonatal intensive care . Keep it coming!
Sometimes in the midst of all we are going through it's hard to remember that by God's Grace I am a father! I have a son! And for that I thank the One Who Makes Heaven and Earth.....