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Miracles do happen…
I remember my wife Claudia, bubbling with excitement when she gave me the news, “We’re pregnant!!!” We had been told for so many years that this could never happen – and finally, a miracle! At 18 weeks, during an antenatal ultrasound examination, the doctors realized that our child was not developing properly. They determined that the baby had gastroschisis, a congenital defect characterized by the internal organs growing and developing outside of the abdominal wall.
It quickly went from bad to worse. Claudia went into premature contractions at 20 weeks as her body began rejecting the pregnancy. Fear gripped my wife at the thought that she may not go the full term of the pregnancy - or even worse that we could ultimately lose the baby. By 30 weeks she was put on bed rest as the contractions became harder and stronger.
On May 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm, Tyler Alexander Sears fought his way into this world! He weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces and was immediately rushed in to surgery after being delivered. For four excruciating hours we waited to know if he would be okay and if the operation was a success, and to our relief it was.
Post-op, Tyler spent five weeks in NICU and I remember us driving to the hospital every day yearning to have our son come home with us. I remember seeing him in the incubator so small and fragile wishing I could speed up his recovery - but so grateful that he had survived. The attention and extreme level of service provided to our son in the NICU was awe inspiring. I remember thinking, “These people had just saved my son! How do you thank someone for that?”
Two months after being released from the NICU, Tyler had one more surgery to correct a hernia that developed in his first incision. That was the last surgery he has had.
Fast forward six years. Our Tyler is a healthy, strong and unbelievable boy. Looking at him now you would never know that he had to fight so hard just to be here. It was only through the determination of my loving wife, the unbelievable aid and service of the NICU team and the dedicated support and research of the March of Dimes, that my youngest son; one of my best friends, is here today. Miracles do happen!