Monday, February 2, 2009

Educated Hamby Update

From her best friend on Facebook this AM:

Bennett is struggling from pulmonary hypertension. Baby's have a whole in each lung that allow them to breathe in the womb. Bennett's did not close as they were supposed to when he was born. He was breathing as if he was still in the womb. The Arkansas Children's team placed him in a EMO (spelling?) machine which simulates the womb allowing him to breath that way. Ben reports that his blood oxygen level is now at 99%, that he is doing much better and that his coloring is now pink. He is being cared for by his own private nurse and own EMO tech. They estimate that Bennett will be there for 6 - 8 weeks, then possibly return to WK south's NICU, then return home. Statistically, with his condition there is a 70% survival rate. Katye will be discharged today and will go with her parents to Little Rock to join Ben, his dad and her new baby. They will be able to visit with the baby 24 hours a day and are hoping to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald house next to the hospital.