My name is Victoria Hansen and I’m the full time mommy of two beautiful children. My gastro warrior is named Konnor, and he’s my absolute blessing! I found out I was pregnant at the age of 19 and just like any other mom, I loved him from the start and couldn’t imagine that anything had been wrong. I found out at my 24 week ultrasound that he had gastroschisis.
From there, I had to make a very big decision to move back to Arizona, so that when he was born, he could receive the very best care possible at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. At my first ultrasound at the perinatologist’s office in AZ, I was informed that I would be delivering my son anywhere from 48 hours to 2 weeks. The outside bowel had lost it’s blood flow and in order for his survival, he would need to be taken early.
So on April 9th, 2014, I delivered my baby boy at 32 weeks and said goodbye to him as he was flown to Phoenix Children’s, barely an hour old. 3 surgeries later, and many ongoing secondary health issues, including short bowel syndrome, my baby boy is now almost 2 and a half! He is dependent on TPN, although he does eat but has a very restricted diet due to his short gut. But he is the happiest kid I’ve ever known! And with all the family and friends that love him to the end of the earth, nothing can knock him down!
I’m so excited that I get to work with Avery’s Angels and all of the families who are going through or just starting their journey! There’s no better way I can see myself helping, than working right alongside Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation!