Chase, North Vernon, Indiana
Chase at a very patriotic 8 months.
My pregnancy with my second child was pretty
uneventful. In my last month, my blood pressure
was very high and since this was going to be a
repeat C-section, the decision was made to have
the baby 2 weeks early. So on November 1st, my
husband and I arrived at the hospital as planned
and went through all of the pre-surgery
My C-section went very smoothly. The
baby was taken out and was announced to be a boy.
He was not shown to me at all, which I thought
was unusual. He was quickly taken over to the
incubator where the nurse seemed unusually quiet.
Since this was my second C-section, I knew right
away that things were different. I told my
husband to go over and check on the baby. I
quickly noticed the worried expression on his
face and the whispers that followed.
frantically started demanding that they tell me
what was wrong. The doctor calmly walked over
and told me there was a problem with Chase's arm.
He said it appeared that there was no
circulation below his right elbow and that he was
going to have to call Riley, the children's
hospital in Indianapolis, to have
them come and
It all seemed like a big blur after
that. Chase's arm was wrapped up so that I
couldn't see it. I did manage to see his
fingertips which appeared to be black, but
completely formed with fingernails. I got to see
my baby and hold him once before the transport
unit from Riley came to get him. He was whisked
away in a special incubator to a hospital 2 hours
away, and I was left to look at a polaroid
picture that was taken of him.
Two days later I
was released from the hospital so that I could go
see him. When I got there, the orthopedic
surgeon told me that I should sit down. They
unwrapped my beautiful baby's arm to reveal a
black shriveled up hand and forearm. The days
and weeks that followed were exhausting. They
still do not know what was the cause. Their best
guess is something called Amniotic Band Syndrome.
That is where bands come loose from the placenta
and can get wrapped around the baby. They
believe that whatever happened, it happened only
a day or two before he was born.
Chase was in
the hospital for 38 days and had 4 surgeries.
They amputated below his elbow and did skin
grafts to cover up the tissue. However, this
would not be the end. Just two months later,
Chase's skin graft starting breaking down, and
his bones started to protrude through the skin.
We met with a plastic surgeon who wanted to cut a
flap in Chase's stomach and sew his arm into it
for 2 weeks to grow more skin there. We decided
against this option which only left further
So, Chase went back in the hospital
to have his arm amputated through his elbow
joint. Chase has healed well from that surgery,
and is doing great. He has the sweetest
personality, and smiles all of the time. He
currently has therapy twice a week and will go in
June to be fitted for a prosthesis.
To communicate with Chase, you may contact his mother, Jennifer, via email.
Chase with his
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