Sheila - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My triplets were born at 27 weeks. 2 identical girls and a boy. One of my daughters passed away 3 months later (never got off the ventilator) but her twin sister was only on the ventilator for 6 weeks. She is now 16 months old and has a left paralyzed vocal cord most likely due to the ventilator. The ENT doctor diagnoised her with this problem about 6 months ago. Whenever we go out to eat and I give her water she gags like she is choking to death and of course everyone starts to stare at us. She can not drink out of a sippy cup only a bottle with a small nipple hole (and sometimes still gags). She starts her speech therapy next week to hopefully help some of this problem. Her Ped Dr. and therapist both think it is caused by her damaged vocal cord. You can also tell when she cries that there is something wrong. Her laughs are quiet also. Does anyone have an older preemie that has this condition and what long term affects do they have now from it??