My name is Brittany Isham. I was 24 years old and 20 weeks pregnant with my second child, Savana, when she was diagnosed with gastroschisis. It was unexpected and I was not at all prepared to deal with my daughter having a birth defect, much less one I knew nothing about. So I began searching and found Avery’s Angels foundation who supplied me with so much support and information throughout our journey.
Savana was born December 27th 2012 at 37 weeks along by induction at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. After all the research and preparation we had done, we were still stunned when Savana was born. She was 6lbs 6oz with only a detachment of her umbilical cord where her intestines and stomach were out. She had an immediate repair and spent 13 days in the NICU overcoming all expectations from her doctors. She was our strong miracle baby.
We were blessed to have Avery’s Angels foundation there to help us through the hard NICU nights and tough questions that we needed answered. I am ecstatic to be part of a foundation that is here not only to help support finding answers to all the unknown questions that gastroschisis holds, but also to provide support to other moms-to-be who were like me, unprepared and searching for support.