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    The Shamblin Family is helping Babies in Kent County

    Dover, Delaware, April 01, 2013 —


    We walk in memory of our sweet angel, Brandon Patrick

    and we walk in honor of our beautiful new son, Shawn Wyatt,

    born out of our grief and becoming our hope.

    Brandon Patrick Shamblin

    January 2, 2012– January 31, 2012

    Born 14 weeks too soon

    1 lb 4.8 oz.

    Shawn Wyatt Shamblin

    Born October 12, 2012

    6 weeks too soon

    Learning that we were expecting a baby was, to say the least, a shock. Our oldest son was almost 21 years old and our youngest, at the time, was just turning 14.  We had 3 early miscarriages after our 14 year old son was born; and now at age 37, I certainly didn't expect to be traveling down this road again!

    We discovered the pregnancy early (surprise!) when I visited a medical center about a completely different issue.  I immediately began making phone calls to be seen by an OB as soon as possible since I had such a history of miscarriages.  I was hopeful that early prenatal care would ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

    However, on New Year’s Eve, I noticed extreme swelling of my legs and feet.  By the next morning,  the swelling had gotten worse.  I also felt 'off' but couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong.  When the swelling had not improved by that evening, we called the OB and decided to visit the emergency room 'just in case'.

    It was determined that I was suffering from 'Severe Early-Onset Pre-Eclampsia' and the condition was worsening rapidly.  My blood pressure had risen so high that I was at risk of having a stroke.  After getting that under control, I was transferred from Kent General Hospital to Christiana Hospital by ambulance.  I was 26 weeks gestation.

    On January 2, 2012 our son Brandon Patrick was born via emergency C-section. He was 14 weeks early and weighed in at 1lb 4.8oz. I saw him briefly as the team of doctors rushed him to the NICU, and I was terrified at how tiny he was.  My husband was the first to be able to visit him and returned with pictures and videos… hope shining in his eyes, but also fear.  Brandon was tiny and fragile,  and amazingly perfect.  He fought, and beat, the odds for four weeks. On January 31, 2012, Brandon succumbed to his fight and earned his wings.

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