October 24, 2018 Beautifully Different, Children 0

Beautifully Different – Andrew

Beautifully Different

A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs

Andrew is Beautifully Different

Meet Andrew! Andrew is an amazing little guy, who has defied the odds! Andrew was born very premature, at 25 weeks and weighed only 15 ounces at birth. Babies born before 26 weeks weighing less that 1 pound 12 ounces are considered Micro Preemies. Micro preemies are more like to have extended NICU stays, as well as many other health related issues. Sweet Andrew has an Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), chronic lung disease, and developmental delays. He also spent 200 days in the NICU and underwent 4 surgeries. Andrew is amazing, and Andrew is Beautifully Different!

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The Diagnosis

Atrial Septal Defect

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a “hole” in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. This defect allows oxygen-rich blood to leak into the oxygen-poor blood chambers in the heart. ASD is a defect in the septum between the heart’s two upper chambers (atria). The septum is a wall that separates the heart’s left and right sides. Andrew’s defect was discovered when he was one year old.

Chronic lung disease

Chronic lung disease (CLD) is a general term for long-term respiratory problems in premature babies. CLD results from lung injury to newborns who must use a mechanical ventilator and extra oxygen for breathing.

A Day in the Life of Andrew

For now he is your typical energetic sweet little boy! He is very much a typical kid! Andrew has to have annual follow ups with tests to help decide if/when heart surgery is necessary. He also has developmental delays from being premature. Andrew does weekly physical therapy to help him with him delays.

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Strong. Survivor. Funny.

Andrew absolutely loves to make people laugh! He is creative and loves to bake and do crafts. he has a wild streak (which is pretty typical of a boy his age) and he like to run! Most of all, he is sweet and strong. Andrew’s smile lights up every room he enters!

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About the Author

Kathy Rogers: A Michigan native but currently residing and working in Northeast Ohio. She married the love of her life at the ripe old age of 22 and they have two beautiful children as well as 2 dogs and 3 cats!


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