We wanted to provide you with an update on Baby Maxwellâ€™s recent doctorâ€™s visit â€“ specifically his/her ultrasound and our consultation with the specialist.
First, and most importantly, we praise God that the possible cyst on the childâ€™s brain stem is gone. The ultra-sound found nothing to indicate problems around the brain stem, skull, or brain area. This was both a huge blessing to us and an answer to prayer. Baby seemed happy with this news as (s)he was doing flips and a lot of moving during the ultrasound. 🙂
The challenging part of the visit is that they found another area of concern. It is related to the childâ€™s stomach, duodenal atresia specifically. This condition causes material to not be able to flow through the digestive tract due to a blockage, whether partial or complete is unknown, in one of the GI tubes. Surgery will be needed very shortly after birth to resolve this. There are other possible complications and challenges. We are now officially a â€œhigh risk pregnancy.â€
Obviously this was rather traumatic news for Melanie and I. Our elation at the childâ€™s brain stem checking out quickly evaporated. However, we are continuing to seek peace in Jesus Christ and looking to Him for direction, guidance and most importantly healing.
We continue to covet your prayers for our child in particular, but Melanie and I as well.