Evan David Weesies
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 08, 2013
Lindsey and Ryan Weesies of Montague were ecstatic to be new parents when they discovered Lindsey was pregnant in 2009. Unexpectedly, her water broke when she was 22 weeks and 2 days pregnant. She was put on bed rest with the anticipated delivery date of March 2010. Doctor’s prescribed steroids to help the babies lungs mature because they were unsure how long they could hold off delivery. Eight days later, on Christmas morning, Lindsey delivered Evan David Weesies at 23 weeks and 3 days gestation via cesarean. Baby Evan weighed 1lb. 5.5oz (620 gm) and was 11 ½ inches long. From that point on their lives had changed forever and they road the NICU rollercoaster.
Evan received surfactant therapy immediately in the operating room and two more times after that to help his lungs expand in order to be better ventilated. We later learned that the March of Dimes funded the research that discovered this lifesaving medical treatment, among many other treatments. During Evan’s 119 day stay in the NICU, Evan received numerous blood transfusions, had heart surgery at 11 days old (PDA ligation), was on a ventilator a total of about 3 weeks, was on CPAP for about 3 months, was diagnosed with chronic lung disease and left vocal cord paralysis. He was discharged on April 21, 2010, the day after his original due date. We went home with him on oxygen, feeding tube, and an apnea monitor. Today, Evan is doing great and recently celebrated his first birthday.
Ryan Weesies, “We feel so blessed to have a healthy 23-weeker and would love to share our story to help prevent any other family from having to endure what we have. This year we were thrilled to have Evan walk across the start line at March for Babies for the first time ever! Thank you to the March of Dimes for all you’ve given to my family. ”