Just a quick update, copied from my Instagram feed. More to come when I'm back to feeling wordy again. Thank you so much for being with us through all this...
Elizabeth here, finally feeling strong enough again to type. Thanks be to God for this moment...I got to hold my miracle of miracles for a few minutes this morning! Our sweet baby, Henry Duke Snodgrass, who made it through so many months of danger. He's bound to be one of the biggest babies in the NICU born at 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and he is getting stronger each day. He still needs a little help with his breathing and is not yet able to feed by mouth, but he will get there. We know he doesn't back down from challenges.
As for me, my surgery went differently than expected. All the doctors thought I had both placenta previa and placenta accreta. Once they got in by vertical incision to deliver Henry, though, they found that the placenta came away fairly easily from the uterine wall, so I did not have to undergo at that time what would have been a very risky hysterectomy. However, in the recovery room following the delivery, I had a major hemorrhage, which is a rare situation caused by what one doctor called the "hyper vascularity" of the area of my placenta previa, which is probably what appeared on all the imaging to be placenta accreta. Because I was already prepped for placenta accreta, though, with arterial catheters having been put in before surgery and large amounts of blood having been put aside for me, I was able to be saved with 15 units of blood products, a breathing tube, and embolization of my uterine arteries. The doctor who oversaw the anesthesia and blood products elements of the entire day told me yesterday that she believes it is 100% a miracle that I am alive now.
So, it wasn't what we expected, it wasn't what we planned for, it comes with more challenges in the days ahead, but it was ever so clearly God's loving provision for us. We are so grateful that he spared Henry's and my life. And we thank our dear families and friends for the overwhelming, humbling level of support, encouragement, and prayer. We are glad to be walking this path.