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Drake Yukio... born January 10 @ 4:48 am by emergency c-section.  Its a little late but here's the short version of our story...


Drake was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect in utero... atrial septal defect and a cleft mitral valve.  After birth, he stayed in the NICU for 4 weeks.  Came home for 24 hours and had to return to the NICU because he would not wake up, no screaming, crying, or even waking up to eat.  Another week in the NICU and he came home again.  No energy to eat so we had to feed him thru a tube and keep him on a heart monitor.  I had to give him 6 different medications to support his heart every three hours.


March 20 he had open heart surgery at Stanford (hardest day ever).  Still recovering, he no longer is feeding thru a tube and is doing well. He is no longer on any medications that support his heart.


Our baby was born with a broken heart :(  It has been the hardest 3 months of my life but we made it and things can only get better from here on...  :)


Drake Yukio born January photo 3339585-1  birth day


Drake Yukio born January photo 3339585-2 in the NICU


Drake Yukio born January photo 3339585-3 surgery day


Drake Yukio born January photo 3339585-4 leaving Stanford


Drake Yukio born January photo 3339585-5 3 months


 

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm
JShigetoshi
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swissgirl
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Oh wow, what an emotional story! First of all: CONGRATULATIONS!


I'm so happy for you that Drake is now doing great and the surgery went well. I can only imagine how hard the last weeks were for you...It is amazing how strong little babies are and how they deal with a tough start in life... Look at him, he is sooooo sweet! Wishing you ALL THE BEST!!!

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm
theresaobyrne
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Holy smokes - you guys have been through the ringer. I'm so happy he was able to get great care and on the mend. Hugs to you mama. And CONGRATS! He is amazing. I love his little cheekies.
Posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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Wow! Congratulations to you and your family- he's a cutie. I'm happy to hear he's doing better every day- he must be one very strong little man.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:49 am
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Posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:51 am
Canooknic
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Look at that cheeky little smile!!! So beautiful, congratulations x
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 3:28 am
sofielion
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Wow, what a story! It was obviously not an easy three months, but I am sure after all you've been through that smile from your baby means so much more. You really are blessed and so is your child and I am happy that he made it through this tough time.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 3:34 am
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Oh my goodness!! What a story!! I am sooo happy that Drake is doing well and he has the most adorable smile ever and looks so happy! I am thankful that you made it through such a trying ordeal and wish you all the best!

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:33 am
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What a story! Glad Drake is on the mend and he has the cutest smile ever. Congratulations Mummy and Daddy H x

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:29 am
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I cant even imagine what you guys went through but I'm SO thankful that little drake is doing well!! He is such a stinking cutie :)

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:11 am
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Congratulations on your sweet little boy!! I can't imagine how scary that must've been but omg, he looks like such a happy baby! I looove his cheeks and huge smile!!
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:55 am
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Congrats! He is adorable!!!! And what a fighter he is!
Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am
olga21
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Aww what an expression on his face :} I can tell he will be a smarty pants when he grows up ;) He is simply beautiful!!


I cannot even imagine how hard it all must have been for you. To see your little one go through all this sounds simply heartbreaking.


 


Thank you for sharing and wishing you all the best :)

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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Aww I've been wondering how you were doing! I can't even begin to imagine how hard the last 3 months have been but I'm so happy to hear that little Drake is a super star fighter and is now doing well after his surgery. He is SO cute! xxx

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm
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I can't even imagine what you two had to go through. Glad baby is well! He is so cute!!!

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:55 am
mrspre
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Wow, what a story! I'm so glad to hear that he is doing well and he sure looks like a happy little guy, what a cutie and a great miracle!  Congratulations and wishing your family the best!

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 4:36 am
Alatiel
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Wow! True survivors! All of you. That's an amazing story and it warms my heart to hear all is going well.
Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm
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He is positively GORGEOUS and such a trooper! ! !  I'm so grateful for you that he's doing so well!  I will keep you in my thoughts <3

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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What an emotional first few months... but to look at that smiling face... wow.. he's so handsome!  Congrats!

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:35 am
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He is so so cute..  big hugs after being through all of that.  Drake is lucky to have been born in such a wonderfully loving, caring family.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 9:34 am
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Congratulations!

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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