Saturday, December 13, 2008

Samuel Kenneth Finzer Update 1


It has been a rough couple of days.

Samuel Kenneth Finzer was born on Thursday December 11th at around 6:45PM. He was 7 lbs 9 ounces and 20 ¼ inches long at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Right after birth Samuel was not breathing and he turned blue. A small army of nurses filled the delivery room. They were able to give him 100% oxygen to preserve his life. He was immediately taken to NICU and had a chest X-Ray. The first chest X-Ray was completely white. Indicating he had no lungs or his lungs were collapsed. They drained his left lung of fluid and put him on a ventilator.

The second X-Ray revealed that Samuel was born with a Diaphragmatic hernia on the right side. We were told on Thursday evening by the doctor at Riverside that he would not make it through the night. The NICU team at Riverside was able to stabilize him. He was then transported to Children's Hospital that same night.

Explanation of a Diaphragmatic hernia:

During early Friday morning he became worse and had to be switched from a regular ventilator to an oscillating ventilator. All day Friday he responded well to the oscillating ventilator. He was slowly being weaned off the 100% oxygen. He went from 100% oxygen to 78% oxygen on Friday night.

Early Saturday morning his Oxygen level deteriorated and he had to be put back at 100% oxygen. Saturday afternoon he started doing better again. He is extremely sensitive to light and sound.

We so much appreciate each and every one of you that are praying. We can feel your prayers. We went from thinking about having to pick out a funeral home and a casket to having Samuel being fairly stable. Good is so good. Thank God for protecting my mom and dad. They came up to help a day early, before the freezing rain. Last night their brakes went out on the car. That also could have happened on the drive up.

As I have been saying to everyone that I come in contact with; God has a plan. My wife and I did not pick the conception. With my two girls I thought that I only made girls. God chose the baby to be a boy. God gave my wife the name for Samuel. God has a plan for the recovery of Samuel. We give him all the glory.

I will have more information later today.


ftmomma said...

Greg we are thankful to see a picture. You are right - he is an angel! We are praying. We are here. If there is anything at all you need that we can do just say the word.

mhutsell said...

I am just thinking how dreadfully scared you must have been and still could be. I am thinking about how Leyla's arms must be aching to hold that baby boy. And a daddy who wants his only son to be well. I am thinking of two big sisters who already miss their brother. And I am thinking of the name Samuel and a great promise over his life. Wishing we could be there to hug you all and pray with you. We will ask everyone we can to pray! We love you guys.

Stacy Brown said...

Greg, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we believe that God will show himself mighty in Samuel's life. I speak for all your neighbor's when I say that we are praying for you and are here for you - day or night. There is no God like Jehovah and His plan is Great!
Kevin and Stacy