Coles Cruizers 2014 Kent County Ambassador Family
Dover, DE, March 11, 2014
Cole Christopher Lambert
Born May 5, 2011
17 weeks too soon
1 lb 5 oz
I had been told, due to my POC (Polycystic Ovary), I wouldn't be able to ever have children. My husband and I never tried because of this. On December 21, 2010 when we found out we were pregnant, we were ecstatic! My pregnancy started off pretty normal until I was 12 weeks pregnant. I had a bleeding episode where I lost so much blood I almost needed a transfusion. The ER doctor thought for sure I had miscarried; but when they did the ultrasound, our son was still alive and kicking. I knew then he was a fighter.
On May 1st, I was 22wks and 5 days along and I was having more spotting and abdominal pain; so I called my OB and she told me to come to the hospital. I went to the 5th floor at Bayhealth and was already 3cm dilated with Cole trying to poke out of my cervix. I stayed at Bayhealth until I was 23 weeks pregnant because a baby born any earlier than 23 weeks isn't considered viable. We were terrified that he would be born too soon and there would be nothing they could do for him. I was sent up to Christiana Hospital on May 1st at 23 weeks. On Thursday May 5th the doctor did an ultrasound and Cole was hanging from his chest down out of my cervix. I went back upstairs and delivered our son Cole Christopher at 23 weeks and 1 day weighing 1lb 5oz. I was only able to catch a glimpse of him as they wheeled him to the NICU. He was so small and helpless lying there and his skin was still transparent. Once I was finally able to go to the NICU to see Cole, I wasn't sure what to expect. My husband had already seen him and tried to prepare me. He was lying in his incubator attached to two ventilators, with cords and wires everywhere. He was lying there motionless and helpless with his eyes still fused shut and we were able to see his veins through his transparent skin. He was diagnosed with BPD (Bronchopulmonary dysplasia), Grade 3/4 bilateral brain bleed, and he needed a PDA ligation.
Two weeks into Cole's life, the neonatologist explained the severity of Cole's conditions and suggested comfort measures because statistically he wouldn't make it out of this okay. He asked us if we could handle all of Cole's problems financially, physically, emotionally, and mentally. As first time parents, we were faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make. We prayed and prayed for our son. We attended meetings and classes with the March of Dimes that were held at the NICU. We decided that we would take our son how he was and love him unconditionally.
Cole was on the vent for 72 days and thankfully once he was extubated, he never had to be intubated again. The blood on his brain started to reabsorb into his body and his ventricles went to normal size. He started to grow like a weed! When Cole was able to finally come home after 122 days in the NICU, he weighed 6lb and 14oz.
We are thankful for the training the nurses had and all the research that has been done through the March of Dimes. I know that my son wouldn't be here today if it weren't for God and the March of Dimes.