I am Bevs, a mom of two premature babies. My first baby is now 4 years old and my second baby was just born last December 1, 2017.
On December 1, 2017, God allowed us to experience another miracle baby thru our second born Mat Liam who was born at 29 weeks of gestation (40 weeks to be in full term). I gave birth early due to incompetent cervix (our first born in 2013 was born early at 30 weeks due to placenta previa) a condition wherein my cervix weakens and opens before my due date. My husband and I thought that our second journey in NICU will be easier for us since we already experienced it with Rian in 2013. But we were wrong. It's been a rollercoaster ride for us for the past weeks because Liam is a different case. Liam was extubated from the mechanical ventilator on his 12th day of life, but after he conquered pneumonia and jaundice, his biggest battle started --- the recurring bacteria on his blood which causes his platelets and hemoglobin to went down, neonatal hypoglycemia (severly low blood sugar), neonatal sepsis (infection on the blood), neonatal apnea (stops breathing for at least 10 seconds while he is sleeping), and necrotizing enterocolitis (dilated intestine). Liam has undergone several sets of blood transfusion and was given antibiotics after antibiotics that needs to be administered thru IV but his veins keeps on getting busted everyday that makes his arms and legs full of bruises. His veins are too thin and just located at the top of his bones.
Even if this is our second time to experience NICU journey, there is no difference, it always feels like the first time. No parents will get used to the pain seeing your tiny little one fighting hard for his life day after day. There are times that we are getting confused on what to pray for, if we will ask him to fight more or to surrender if he can't bear the pain anymore. But seeing him fight for his life every single day makes us realize that who are we to give up when this tiny body that only weighs a kilo and a hundred grams keeps on fighting. It is emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially draining. Our weekly hospital bill is averaging from 100 thousand to 125 thousand pesos ($2,000 to $2,500) and we are now on the 7th week in NICU. We have already exhausted our savings and emergency funds to sustain his needs at the hospital. Our outstanding bill has exceeded our family's financial capability and we are still estimating 2-3 more weeks at the NICU. As our hospital bill is increasing each day, we are humbly asking for your assistance to help our family stand again and fight for our second little warrior. Please pray for his complete healing so we can bring him home.
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