Condition: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
City, State: Sisters, OR
Club: Sisters High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 701
Date Adopted: 10/11/2012
Abel has gone through more than most of us will in our lifetime and he is only one month old. It was at the 18-week ultrasound that Abel parents learned that their son had a serious problem. They were sent to Portland for further tests and soon learned that their son would be born with a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition that causes some of the lower organs in the body to push up into the upper part of the chest causing the heart and lungs to develop improperly.
Abel's mother would have to travel to Portland every month for ultrasounds to monitor his progress. In July, she was asked to stay in Portland, as the birth date was getting close, and told to prepare for the worst, as many of the babies born with this condition do not survive.
On July 26th, Abel was born 2 weeks early. Immediately he was taken away and to be monitored and checked to see if he would be a good candidate for the surgery necessary to correct his problems. He had to wait 21 days before he could have surgery as doctors attempted to stabilize him. He coded 3 times but doctors managed to save him each time.
On August 15th, Abel endured a 9-hour surgery to repair what doctors soon learned to be a more severe defect then they had originally thought. All of Abel’s lower organs had moved into his upper chest cavity, not just his stomach. Doctors were able to get everything back in to place and repair the hole in his diaphragm.
Abel is now stable and off the ventilator at a hospital in Portland. He is still unable to eat on his own. His parents are not sure of his prognosis or when he may be able to come home. Doctors say it is just a waiting game to see how Abel does. His parents hope that one day their little boy with walk, run, jump and play just like any other child. For now, they just want to bring their little boy home.
Sparrow Cash raised for Abel will help the family pay for ongoing medical expenses, travel expenses and living expenses.
Thank you to the Weitzman Family Foundation for providing the club sponsorship that the students at Sisters High School will earn by completing hours of community service on behalf of Abel.