Three Days is a Lifetime
James continues -
They were very good to me at the
hospital, anticipating my needs.
Space, food – but I couldn’t eat. I was making very difficult decisions without
Dr. Carroll was concerned about
Stefanie’s well being especially not being there during this important
When we called West Park hospital,
we were amazed. She was on her way! You normally can’t transport a healthy mother
just to be near her child, but they did. Another miracle!
When Stefanie arrived and we discussed
the heart difficulties, we made the decision to medicate Matthias to delay his
heart valve from closing. We knew it
would be temporary but his heart was like a patchwork quilt. As damaged as his heart was, with the valve open, it functioned. He was not in pain but we knew once the
natural closing of the valve occurred, he would not survive.
We wanted enough time. Time for grandparents and siblings to hold
him, time for them to come to terms with the inevitable and maybe, just maybe
he could survive until our oldest daughter returned home from Rome.