The past three weeks have brought about a myriad of changes, challenges, and triumph for my family. Although my wife was not due for another 2 weeks, she gave birth to our 3rd child, a boy, on February 11 at 7:57pm. He is a little person (dwarf) like my wife and I, and we named him Zacchaeus (yes, after the Bible character that you can read about here).
The medical staff quickly realized that he was going to require extra attention in the NICU both since he was born early and because of the condition of his breathing. He was quickly put onto a ventilator. After he showed initial improvement, he took a few steps back over the next 48 hours and prompted him being transported to a Children’s Hospital in Nashville. We had about an 18-hour period that were intense for my wife and I where Zacchaeus’s prognosis looked grim. His condition had declined to a critical state and doctors weren’t sure how much more they were going to be able to do.
We set up a Facebook page and asked folks to pray. Friends, family and co-workers swarmed our son’s story and called out to God. Soon after, he began to rebound. Just hours after his lowest point, he turned a corner and has been on a slow, but positive trend upward.
Today, he is still in the NICU in Nashville, but is now off the ventilator and is doing really well. I have returned to work where my team has been nothing but supportive as my wife and I attempt to balance our lives at home with spending time with Zacchaeus as he continued to grow and recover.
We have no idea how much longer he will need to stay in NICU or when we will be able to bring him home, but we are insanely grateful for how well he is doing. His story Is a miracle and we have God to thank for that.
If you’d like to follow his story, check out his Facebook page here. In the coming weeks, I’ll share details and some back story to some of the things we have experienced on this journey.