Each scan that Nick and Brooklyn Schnarr received was worse than the last. Their unborn child was diagnosed with severe hydrocephalus, or as it used to be called, “water to the brain.” They were referred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and were told by multiple specialists that there wasn’t anything that they could do to help. Now, the only thing the family could focus on was damage control.Their child’s condition was so extreme that doctors stopped monitoring his brain fluid as it was so severe that the measurements no longer mattered.
We were told, pointblank, that there was over a 90% chance that the baby would either die shortly after birth or have such severe cognitive impairments that any quality of life would be hard to imagine.
They had conversations on how their baby might be able to pass away peacefully. They were devastated.
Brooklyn moved into a hotel near the hospital in case she went into labor, and Nick stayed home to take care of their two other children. When Brooklyn eventually went into labor, the couple didn’t know what to expect.
Literally, 15 minutes before they wheeled her back to start the C-section, we had another meeting with doctors regarding the use of a breathing tube and at what point we might need to remove that tube and let the baby go to heaven. Guess what?… The baby came out crying – the sweetest sound I have ever heard.”
Nurses with decades of experience, and esteemed, nationally admired doctors were flabbergasted, but jubilant.”
Doctors were stumped. Somehow, their little newborn’s brain had managed to re-route and unclog the backup of brain fluid all on its own – something doctors couldn’t have done.
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