Grandson Owen was born on February 23rd around 6:00 PM to our son Brian and his wife Allison. Owen’s eight pound seven ounce birth weight, twenty-one inch length and beautiful face gave all the appearance of a healthy baby.
However, within hours the parents were told by a doctor they could hear a heart murmur in Owen, but not to worry because many babies enter the world with irregular heart beats that often are not serious. It turns out our grandson’s heart sounds led to the diagnosis of a very rare and serious heart defect known as Shones Complex.
We live with the illusion the ground under our feet is solid and we have some control over the world around us. And then there is an earthquake.
Owen’s life seems to hang in the balance each day he lives. His world has been one of ventilators, feeding tubes and beeping video displays. Skilled surgeons, nurses and technicians attend Owen every moment he lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Maybe when the doctors get through all the repairing of his heart he will be able to live a “normal” life.
I would appreciate your prayers for Owen and the medical staff who are attending him. We need nothing short of a miracle to allow his parents to take him home from the hospital. If you are interested in following Owen’s story click here.
Our joy has been muted some since this yawning baby photo was taken, but there is still joy. It may be several weeks before I post again on Cabinwoodworks.