Jude’s Story

Site created on September 27, 2018

On Friday Sept 21,2018 around 7:40pm my wife Julianne Day began having abnormal bleeding. She was 36 weeks pregnant at this time. I grabbed our 2 daughters, loaded them into the car and rushed to the ER.  The doctors decided immediately that an emergency c section needed to happen, and it needed to happen quickly.

Jude Wilson Day was born prematurely on Friday September 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm. Both my wife and my son’s life were on the line that night. Thanks to an amazing crew of doctors and nurses that all stepped up and worked as fast as possible, they are both still here with us. Jude had to be recessitated at birth, and was without oxygen for a period of time.   Because of this,  he was transported to Savannah Memorial into the  Neonatal unit.  Upon arrival he began treatment for possible Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. “Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is the brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain, also commonly known as intrapartum asphyxia. The newborn’s body can compensate for brief periods of depleted oxygen, but if the asphyxia lasts too long, brain tissue is destroyed. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy due to fetal or neonatal asphyxia is a leading cause of death or severe impairment among infants. 

He also had complications with breathing, due to his lungs not being fully developed.  He has been in the neonatal unit since Sept, 22 and has been making baby steps towards recovery. 

The doctors believe the abnormal bleeding in Julianne  was caused by a blood clot that had formed from trauma and ruptured, causing an abruption. Earlier this year my wife (and Jude) were in 2 different car accidents that the doctors think could have played a role. But, our focus is on Jude and making sure both mom and son are 100% before coming home.

Jude is truly a miraculous little fighter who has already made handprints on our hearts. 

We will make posts as often as possible to let you know about his recovery and the progress he is making.

Many have asked if there is anything they can do to help us.  Although prayers and positive thoughts are more than enough, we have also set up a GoFundMe me page in Jude’s name to help with expenses. Jude’s stay could be for several weeks all the way up to a month.  This would help cover the cost of us staying near him, his medical expense, etc.   Thank you all for lifting our little Jude up and offering you love and support.

Jude’s family consists of; Corey (Daddy), Julianne (Mommy), Kennedy (sister), and Elliott (sister)

Newest Update

Journal entry by Julianne Day

Good morning friends! We thought we would give a quick update on Jude! He’s adjusting to home, starting to be more awake for longer periods of times. He has been to the doctor twice since he’s been home..is now at 6.97 in the 18th percentile. We Are trying to get him to the 50th percentile so he can be off the fortified feeds of neosure...becuse that stuff is NOT KIND to his tummy. Poor little guy is up all night moaning and groaning with intermediate relief (thank God for gripe water and probiotics)  he has a slight heart murmur..but the doctor does not think it is related to his premature birth...so we are being referred to a cardiologist to get that checked out. 
Because of Jude’s mild HIE Diagnosis he is automatically qualified for The Babies can’t wait program. He will start that today, get and evaluation and plan. From my understanding Babies can’t wait is almost like a home therapy program the state offers to help children who are at risk for disability or have disability.  Even though Jude is healthy and normal today they watch for anything that may come up down the road so we can get ahead of it.

Mommy and Daddy are exhausted but grateful. 😊 this weekend Kennedy and Elliott come home (they have been in Atlanta with Honey and Poppy to give us and Jude time to adjust in a calm home) WE are so excited to see them and for them to really get to meet Jude and spend time with him! ❤️🙏🏼

We are so so SO grateful for all of the love, prayers, donations, visits, etc. 🙏🏼❤️
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