Welcome to Savannahsmiles!
I am excited to start this blog about Savannah’s story, our experiences, and necessary information about children with special needs. Parents who have a child with special needs will be able to relate and benefit from the information that is provided.
First, I wanted to share Savannah’s story. When I was pregnant with Savannah at 27 weeks, half of my placenta detached from the uterus wall, causing me to go into labor three months prematurely. Therefore, I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. A few hours later, Savannah was born. Due to losing oxygen at birth, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy several months later.
A Complicated Birth
Although my first baby was born, I was unable to hold Savannah due to her inability to breath on her own. A while later, I was able to see Savannah for the first time. I was devastated and scared for my newborn child. The baby I was carrying for six months, was connected to tubes and wires to monitor her heart rate and breathing and help her breath. A few hours later, my baby girl was transferred to another hospital because the hospital she was at was not equipped to care for preemies that were only two and a half pounds.
The Preemie Life
Since Savannah was a preemie and had a complicated roller coaster ride of NICU hospital stay, she did not come home until she was six months old. During the first six months of Savannah’s life, it was a struggle for us as new parents and for our little girl. The preemie rollercoaster, ups and downs consisted of a couple of misdiagnoses including seizure disorder and Esophageal Atresia and common preemie conditions such as PDA and breathing issues.
When Savannah was six months old, she finally came home. However, she still required oxygen to ensure she was breathing up to par. Therefore, oxygen tanks, pulse oximeter machines, tubes and wires came home, too. Luckily, two months after she arrived home, Savannah no longer needed oxygen unless she became sick with a chest cold.
Savannah is nine years old now. She has made a significant amount of progress after receiving weekly therapy. Her smile and laugh are her best features and she is a joy to have as a daughter. I hope you enjoy our website, posts and find my daughter’s story helpful and inspiring.
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