Join us this week as David Holt shares his son’s journey on the CDH Radio Show, after he was diagnosed with CDH.
Tune in at 6:00 pm EST, October 19, 2021 to https://www.blogtalkradio.com/cdh/2021/10/19/october-19-2021-guest-david-holt-shares-the-story-of-his-son-braden-holt..
Listen to archives of the radio show at http://www.cdhradio.org.
Braden is the son of Karla and David Holt and little brother to Brooke. We have watched Braden grow up since he was born, as Karla has volunteered over the years and now David has stepped up as a licensed fundraiser for CDH International. He is here to help us fight Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia! David shares, “13 years later Braden is a “normal” teenager, currently in 8th grade and involved in boxing.”
Braden was due to arrive on March 19th, 2008. David shares, “we had a normal ultrasound at 32 weeks and it went on our way. Our son was then born with an undiagnosed right-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia.” After an uneventful pregnancy, Braden arrived six days early on Thursday, March 13th, 2008.
Karla shares with us, “The moments after his birth seemed normal. He arrived alert with his eyes open ready to greet the world. My husband cut the cord and his nurse took him to be cleaned. We heard him cry. He was swaddled. It was then that that nurse told me she didn’t like his breathing. She let me visit with him for a minute and he was placed in my arms. Our visit lasted a few seconds as we realized he was not weighed. The nurse unwrapped him, placed him on the scale, told us he weighed seven pounds and six ounces, and took him away to the nursery.”
Their labor nurse explained Braden was having transitional breathing problems and a doctor would be in to talk with them. “Braden was transported from our local hospital to CHOP within a few hours. He was stable right away and was able to have his hernia fixed at 12 hours old. The hernia was blocked by his liver so very little intestine made it into his lung cavity. He was released 12 days later.” Overall, Braden experienced no major set backs during CDH journey and was definitely a rock star in the NICU.
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