Stories about: Russell Jennings

One patient’s story: our baby’s Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula

Brandon at Children's

My husband Brain and I are about to celebrate our 14 year anniversary. A big milestone for any relationship, but after the hardships we’ve lived through in the past few years, it seems extra special. For the first 10 years of our marriage we tried for kids, but it never happened. Eventually we sort of accepted that it wasn’t meant to be and resigned ourselves to a life of sleeping through the night and ample free time. Then, almost out of the blue, I became pregnant. It was such a blessing; we were beside ourselves with joy.

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One family’s story: our unborn baby’s birth defect

by Shane, Meegan, Talon and Tristian Perkins

Perkins jpegA little better than a year ago, Shane and I and our 1-year-old son were excited to find out that we were going to have another child. But when we got to our 20 week ultrasound on a Friday in September of 2008, my husband and I were told the words you never want to hear when you are pregnant: “There is a problem with the baby.” We were shown spots of fluid in the baby’s left lung and were told that it most likely was a CCAM (congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation), an abnormal growth of lung tissue that prevents the normal growth of the lungs.

Our world stood still and all we could think to ask was, “What did I do wrong and why did this happen?” We were assured that it was nothing that we did and that was there anything we could have done to prevent this. We had thousands of questions that needed immediate answers. We were told the soonest we could be seen was on Monday with a specialist in Manchester, New Hampshire. This was the longest weekend of our lives. With support from our family and friends, we knew all we could do until Monday was wait and pray.

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