When Sarah went in for her 20 week ultrasound, the doctors noticed that her unborn son Teddy’s kidneys looked swollen. The perinatologist thought that the swelling looked like there was a good chance it would get worse instead of better.
Over the course of the next sixteen weeks, Sarah had even more ultrasounds and non-stress tests that continued to show Teddy’s kidneys getting progressively worse. At 36-weeks, Sarah needed to be induced because she was dangerously low on amniotic fluid.
Once he was born, Teddy was admitted to the NICU, where it was discovered that one of his kidneys was small and non-functional while the other was large and damaged.
Teddy spent 3 weeks in the NICU and was discharged two days before Christmas. Since then, he has done remarkably well and has managed to stay off of dialysis. He has returned for three additional hospital stays since—which has amounted to an average of about 50% of his life as an inpatient. Teddy has had seven surgeries so far and he’s on his fourth surgically placed central access line and second PD catheter. He has a G-Tube and is fed orally as well as by tube.
There are still many challenges ahead, but Teddy continues to persevere.