Owen H. ~ Super Hero Alias: Out of this World Owen
Age: 3 years
Weight at birth: 2lbs 2oz
Weeks gestation: 25 weeks
Time in the NICU: 247 days
Diagnosis, surgeries, complications?
PDA, resolved with medication
2 bowel resection surgeries (losing 65% of his small bowel)
several cases of pneumonia and broncialitis
g-tube placement surgery
5 broviac placement surgeries
4 broviac removal surgeries
Why Should Your Child Be Recognized as Preemie of the Year?
Out of this World Owen was born like many preemies, as a fighter. With strength, resilience, and had many warriors on his side, the fight was on. The odds quickly changed for him when the evil disease, Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), tried to end his fight early. All professionals were sure NEC would win. Owen wasn’t giving up the fight. He came out of surgery alive and astonished all the professionals. Owen took his bat and kept hitting away those “48hrs to live” remarks. After a long fight, he came home.
Owen had beat the odds and we were thrilled!
We knew the fight was not over. Out of this World Owen continues to fight on! Although he still is frequently hospitalized, his outlook on life hasn’t changed. He is the happiest boy we know. He has embraced the medical world and lives with a smile on his face and laughter in his heart. Even when he is extremely ill, he finds a way to warm the hearts of those around him. He has the sweetest disposition and truly inspires all that know him.
Using Three Or More Characteristics of a Super Hero, Please Describe Your Child
Resilient – his greatest characteristic! Many times we have cried and prayed over Owen when all looks hopeless. His gift of resilence conquers all as he continues to fight for life. One minute he is septic with, yet another, line infection, the next minute he is sitting up laughing and playing. In the hospital while he is getting poked yet again for bloodwork, he doesn’t pull away. He cries but knows the tests need to be done. When its all over he turns to the lab tech and says, “Thank you.”
Extraordinary – Out of this World Owen will live with Short Bowel Syndrome for the rest of his life. It will be a lifetime struggle for him to get proper nutrition. Even with this obsticle ,and the fact that he wasn’t fed by mouth as a baby, Owen loves to eat. He is not afraid of food and continues to push the limits with what his body will digest. Although he is still on TPN, his efforts are effective because the doctors have been able to reduce his TPN by half!
Determined – Owen is determined to live life to the fullest! He is happy in any situation he is in. He makes the most of any bad situation. He inspires me to live life and not to dwell on what we cannot change. He certainly makes the most of life and inspires others to do the same.