Ever since we found out we were having a baby we have been so excited to meet our bundle of joy. For many years I was told that it would be difficult for me to conceive, however, shortly after we were married God blessed us with our miracle baby, Zara Peiffer.
Recently we had an appointment with our OB where he shared some unfortunate news with us about our baby, Zara. An ultrasound revealed that our baby has developed Duodenal Atresia. Duodenal Atresia is also known an intestinal atresia. It is a birth defect that affects a part of the small intestine, the tube that connects the stomach to the large intestine and helps digest food. An intestinal obstruction prevents bowel contents from passing through, causing a backup of fluid in the intestine that will make the bowel appear bigger than normal. The bowel obstruction causes complications with fluids in the mom and baby. Because the intestines are blocked, the baby cannot drink as much amniotic fluid which causes a build up in the baby's stomach and in the moms stomach.
Thankfully, the doctors were able to detect and diagnose the issue before the baby was born, giving us time to process the situation. Because of Zara's condition, we decided to make the decision to receive treatment from Seattle Children's Hospital. I will be delivering Zara at the Women's Birthing Center at University of Washington Medicine where shortly after, Zara will be transferred to the Seattle Children's Hospital and will undergo a surgery to repair the small bowel atresia.
After surgery, Zara will stay at the Seatlle Children's Hospital for several weeks to recover and grow into a healthy baby. The surgery will allow Zara to live a normal life where she can eat normally and digest her food without any blockage or pain.
We are thankful for the amazing doctors and their team for their help and we truly believe that our baby's surgery and recovery will be a success, but we cannot do it without the support of our family and friends. My husband, CJ, and I have decided to stay in Seattle for 6-8 weeks as recommended by her doctor while I give birth and our baby goes through treatment. Life has thrown us a curveball and we did not expect our lives to change so quickly, however, we are open to receiving any donations through our GOFUNDME Campaign that will help us financially while Zara goes through treatment.
We also ask that you keep our little family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you everyone for your love and support. Visit our page to stay updated on what's going on with Zara.