Charlie, the survivor!!
Meet Charlie, our miracle baby!
Life is a journey (or so we are told). We all experience life, hardships and celebrations, but never do we anticipate a road so rocky. Ours started here - learning the only way we could have a family was through IVF. We thought to ourselves it's a bump in the road, but nothing we can't get over. Then we learned we only had a 3-5% chance of delivering a live birth. We felt challenged, but nothing we couldn't overcome! With every doctor's visit another red flag would pop up. Before you knew it, our pregnancy became even more complicated and very high risk. As early as 20 weeks, the doctor's concern was elevating as Charlie wasn't thriving in utero. They monitored us twice weekly to make a judgement call as to whether he could survive externally if we needed to deliver tomorrow. Now we really felt tested. We had two choices to make. We could feel sorry for ourselves and dwell on the challenges or make the best of the cards we were dealt. We kept our chins high and tried to make the best of our situation. We couldn’t change the circumstance, but we could change our perception of it. As things started to get increasingly gloomy, we hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst. As time lapsed things were not improving much. The doctor's gave Virginia a round of steroids to help Charlie's lung maturation as the odds were against him if we had to deliver prematurely. At 32 weeks, Gin's water broke and we were rushed to the ER. The “plan” was to give another round of steroids to try and delay the pregnancy for a minimum of 24 hours for the drugs to be effective. However, within a few hours we quickly learned the umbilical cord was wrapped around Charlie's neck and we were rushed to surgery. Guess he couldn't wait to meet the world!!
Born at 32 weeks, weighing only 2.6 pounds, Charlie had more wires and tubes than he did skin. He spent the first 63 days of his life in the NICU. While there, he combatted many medical conditions, operations, bradycardias and a blood transfusion. We were frightened, terrified and unaware of what would happen next, but somehow Charlie managed to land himself in THE best quality of care imaginable. The level of support from the St. Barnabas medical team and other families was immeasurable. They made us feel at home to the extent possible and they educated us on every medical topic. They were caring, supportive and incredibly honest. They followed him for the first two years of his life to ensure he developed properly. We are forever in debt to St. Barnabas for saving Charlie's life, and we are especially grateful for Dr. Bautista and his lead nurse, Lori.
Charlie is a survivor. He fought to be where he is today. Now 2.5 years old, Charlie leads a normal, happy and healthy life. Watching him grow from fragile to robust is the most rewarding emotion. He has an endearing smile, contagious personality and a heart filled of gold. He has blessed our families in so many ways and he continues to teach us the true meaning of hope, strength and courage. There's a saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". There's a lot of truth to that statement. For those of you who have been in a similar situation, or know of someone who has, never lose faith or get discouraged. We never did, and now we get to pass along the feeling of hope and courage to others. There is no payment adequate enough to thank the hospital for saving our son, but we can pay forward. Please help us support other families who are in need of critical care from THE best medical team and hospital.
With eternal gratitude,
Michael, Virginia & Charles Corvey
For questions please call Elizabeth Bennett at Saint Barnabas Medical Center at 973-322-4305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a donation offline- please mail checks, made out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to Miracle Walk, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
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