Wednesday, December 14, 2005

December 14, 2005 - Welcome and First Post

Thank you for your love and interest in Kerri and little Ansel. This blog may help everyone keep up with their progress.

Here is a summary of the events leading to Ansel's birth.

Yesterday afternoon, about 2pm, Kerri was released from the hospital where she was being treated for preeclampsia (Toxemia of Pregnancy).
Sometime after 5pm, Kerri started bleeding. Jeanne imediately rushed her to the hospital, picking up Cody at a pharmancy on the way. Kerri was seriously bleeding, and Cody gave her a blessing in route. Preeclampsia had caused the placenta to separate.

They arrived at Freemans at about 5:50, and the baby was delivered by emergency C-section at 6:04. They were able to revive the baby, and started treatment on both mother and baby. Efforts to stabilize Kerri continued through the evening and early morning hours. A second surgery was performed, but was only partially successful stopping the internal bleeding. A reduction of blood clotting agents resulting from the preeclampsia is complicating her recovery. She is receiving massive blood transfusions and blood products. The next 24-48 hours are critical, where we expect her to remain in the ICU.

Little Ansel is doing well in NICU. They are giving him nutrients through his umbilical cord stump, and keeping him warm. He is on a low level ventilator. His critical time will be the next two weeks, plus the usual preemie complications.


Jay Sneddon said...
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Jay Sneddon said...

Our best wishes and our most fervent prayers go to Cody, Kerri and Ansel. This will be a rough go for quite a while. Gina said Ansel's size is a plus (over 2 lbs). Preemie boys tend to have a harder time than the girls statistically.

This will be a roller coaster for a number of weeks ahead. Anticipate that there will be good days and there will be bad days. Some will be very tough days. The key is to not get too high or too low. Easier said than done...

We firmly believe that heaven is very close in the NICU. We've seen it in more than one facility. God looks over those babies and you can feel it in ways unique to NICUs. Expect divine intervention frequently and in many forms. Some may only be feelings of peace, others occur via people & events and others are simply miracles.

Caryn said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. My daughter, Kayla is very fond of Mrs. Sneddon and has kept me up to date on everything going on. I am excited that we will be able to keep up with things through your blog. THANK YOU so much for sharing this part of your life with us. Kayla is going to bring by a card at the hospital to let you all know that she is thinking of you.

Brett & Melinda Richardson said...

Thanks for getting this site up for us that are far away. We will be eager to read about the progress made by both Mom & baby.
Jay, thanks for your input, especially since you have experience in this area.
Cody & Kerri, we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.

Lou Sneddon said...

Kerri and Cody, all of our family's prayers and thoughts are with you.

Bishop Martin said...

We've called a ward fast in the Carthage Ward for Thursday, 12/15/05 to fast and pray for Kerri and Ansel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Bishop Martin

Bishop Martin said...
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Jay Sneddon said...

For what it is worth, we in Idaho will join with the Carthage Ward in the fast. Much thanks to the faithful saints in Carthage for watching over our family.

jeania white said...

Please know we at the Jr High love you both and are praying for complete recovery of both mom and baby. I miss Kerri's smiling face in the halls.

Jack said...

Cody and Kerry,
We're sorry to hear about your trials. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jack and Lynsey

Michelle Church said...

Oh Kerri I can't even imagine how scary that must have been. I'm so glad you are both doing well!