Addison D.

Condition: Traumatic Birth
City, State: OR
Club: North Valley High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 366
Date Adopted: 10/04/2011

Addison's Story:
On October 26, 2011, little Addison Dinkowitz turns four months old. Looking at her sweet face and big happy smile, one would never guess that just four months earlier, she was fighting for her life, not expected to survive. Addison was born June 26th, 2011 and was diagnosed with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy following a very traumatic birth. The umbilical cord was wrapped around Addison's neck (twice), cutting off both oxygen and blood flow. �After a placental abruption, Addison lost what was estimated to be about half of her blood. �A 43-minute resuscitation was required before her heart began beating and she started to breath on her own. During Addison's 3-week-stay in the NICU, Addison showed signs of several system failures and was needing daily blood and/or platelet transfusions. It was doubtful that she would ever walk, talk, or eat on her own�but she was alive. Another week in the NICU passed and all of a sudden, Addison seemed to be miraculously recovering. Her systems were working, her brain scans were normal, and she was even able to successfully breastfeed. But there was a murmur in her heart� EKG results brought bad news. Scans showed several holes in Addison's heart and an open vein that should have closed at birth, called a PDA. Surgery was scheduled but Addison needed time to gain weight, so she was released to go home. Over the next two month's Addison began to get worse and it was apparent that her heart was giving her problems. Addison was going into congestive heart failure at 3 months old. A lengthy and invasive surgery was scheduled but when it came time, doctors found that the holes in Addison's heart were beginning to repair themselves! They decided to do a shorter, less invasive surgery to repair the valve and then allow Addison's body more time to see if it would continue to heal on it's own. Three days after heart surgery, Addison was discharged again. �Since then, she has continually been gaining weight and doing miraculously well. �She loves to laugh and smile, will coo at whoever will listen to her and continues to meet normal physical milestones for her age group.


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