I am a proud Mother of a child who survived an intussusception!!!

Rachelle - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Let me fill everyone in on our story… Joshua was 7 months old. He was tired and had a loss of appetite all day Monday and we blamed it on the new tooth that is coming in. Everything did not start going south until Tuesday. He slept all day and was very lethargic. About four pm I went to his room to feed him and the smell was bad enough to knock you on off your feet. I went straight for the diaper and found a blood and stool filled mess. We immediately got dressed and headed to Gulf Coast Medical Centers ER. From 4 pm to 10 pm he filled 5 diapers with only blood. They were going to discharge him with the reason of him having a virus and everything was okay. They took blood and stool samples and everything was fine so the papers were processed for the discharge. Minutes away from leaving Joshua started vomiting blood. My mom and I stood our ground and told the nurse we refused to leave the hospital until we saw an MD ( 6 hours and he never came in to check on him) Two hours later the doc came in, saw the diapers, freaked out, felt Joshua’s belly and found the mass in a matter of three minutes. An x-ray was taken to reveal nothing out of the normal except that he was not gassy. He guessed that Joshua had Intussusceptions (The small intestines are flipped inside out and start to move inside the large intestines. Normal is 3-5 inches of inversion. Joshua’s was 2 ½ feet, three inches from his anus muscle). They conducted a barium enema and could not move fluid past his anus muscle more than 3 inches. The surgical team was called in and emergency surgery was done to reverse the intestines. They were able to remove all the small intestines. While waiting for them to pink up they noted that his appendix was black and shriveled from the septic that was starting. It of course was removed. The small intestines started moving blood except for the connection where the small and large intestines meet which took longer. It was not removed in hopes that it would heal on its own. The surgeon said without the surgery he would be dead in three hours.
He had an incision from one side of his tummy to the other.
He had some post surgical complications. His bowels would not "wake up" and he was not allowed food or liquids by mouth. He had a NG tube in his nose to suck everything from his belly and two IV's in his arm wgich they eventually transfered to his head.We were in the hospital for 9 days.
With out Doctor Taylor and God we know our little boy would not be with us. Joshua is doing 100% better. A year later he is a healthy, busy, wonderful little boy! This condition is VERY rare and I know when it happened to me I did not have any hopeful stories to look towards. I hope that anyone going through this can find a bit of hope in my sons recovery! Please share your story! Feel free to ask any questions!!!

Acts 3:16
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

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Rachelle - posted on 11/21/2010

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I am so sorry it has been so long since I checked your message. I would love to hear how your son is doing. It is a scarey thing to go throught with such a small child. I am glad to hear he was healing and made it through. Thank you God!!!

Jihan - posted on 09/16/2010

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my son just had intussusception last friday.. he's now recuperating. thank God!!!!

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