Mercy's Story

Mercy was born on Monday, September 29, 2008. At birth she was unable to breathe on her own or maintain good oxygen levels while on a ventilator. She was diagnosed with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). After being transported to two different hospitals, we were told she had a 90% chance of mortality, and that she most likely wouldn't make it another day or two if she didn't go on ECMO. She was put on ECMO for a very difficult two weeks, and then went through multiple extubations to try to give her the opportunity to breathe on her own. She had surgery on her abdomen and multiple tests daily, as well as spending two months on narcotics mostly asleep. Mercy received a trach on November 25, and her life began to change. One month later, she received a shunt for hydrocephalus, and one month later she received a g-tube. At four months of age, she was released from the hospital to join the rest of her family at home! We love our Mercy Grace and trust God for Mercy's full recovery. For more on Mercy's story, visit her Caring Bridge site at www.caringbridge.org and type in mercymcglothlin.
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