Brayden Levi's Story
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When I was 32 weeks pregnant with Brayden, his heart rate
started to drop. I went in for extra ultrasounds and
non-stress tests. Everyone said Brayden looked strong and
healthy and didn't know why his heart rate had
dropped. Maybe I was further along than they had thought.
Then on March 31, 2008 we had our third little boy...8lbs.
10oz. Mr. Brayden Levi. He is so gorgeous. My delivery was
normal, but something didn't feel right. I had a
wonderful nurse who in the middle of the night had noticed he
never pinked up all the way so she called the pediatrician.
They discovered a heart murmur and said he needed to be flown
That was the scariest two hour drive of our lives. When we
arrived the doctors explained that Brayden's left
ventricle hadn't formed. He was going to need a
series of three heart surgeries if he was going to survive.
When Brayden was 8 days old he had his 1st surgery. Nothing
could prepare you to see your child like that, but he had the
most amazing team working with us. He was in the hospital for
about seven and a half weeks before we got to take him
Next came the next scariest part, taking care of him by
myself without doctors and nurses. He is an amazingly strong
and healthy little boy. He has done remarkable so far. Right
now Mr. Brayden is in having his second surgery and
I'm scared, but with confidence that everything will
be just fine.
I don't have an end to his story yet, but
Brayden's a fighter. His name means strong and
mighty so I have no doubts that he will live up to his name.
I will let you know how it all turns out, but don't
forget to pray for all the little ones.
What does Children's mean to you, your child and your family?
Being a mother I'm used to being able to meet the
needs of all my kids, but Children's Hospital has
done something for my family that I couldn't do.
They fixed my little boys heart. We are eternally grateful
for the time Children's has been able to give us
with our son. Without Children's I would only be a
mother of two amazing boys, not three totally amazing