Archer was born via emergency C-section on February 8 when Marlene's 40-week ultrasound detected Archer had an enlarged heart and large vein. The doctors had no idea Archer had any complications until this final ultrasound.
They sent Marlene straight to the hospital then right into surgery. He was born at 8 lbs, 7 oz, and immediately rushed to the NICU.
Archer has a rare abnormality inside the brain called a Vein of Galen malformation (VOGM). It's so rare this only happens in about 1 in 3,000,000 babies!
There is too much blood flow to the baby's heart (the vein in his brain is like a fire hose instead of a garden hose) and pumping too much blood which is causing pressure and ultimately heart failure.
Since this was not diagnosed and treated early, Archer's life is at stake. Ideally, the doctors wanted to wait until Archer was stable and a few months older to operate.
While the Northside hospital team worked to stabilize his heart over the last 10 days, Archer did not improve. There are only a few doctors in the world who can treat Vein of Galen, mostly in the northeast and in Europe.
On Feb. 20, Archer and the Brochus flew to New York so Archer can be with the medical team at Mount Sinai hospital. Here's a picture Marlene sent just before takeoff.
The good news (as of Feb. 23) is that Archer had a successful surgery in New York. He's still in the hospital and we'll keep everyone updated as we learn more. Marlene and Jim are staying in New York so they can be close to Archer.
However, Archer will still need 2-3 surgeries ("embolizations") every year to ensure this vein is working properly! There are success stories though. This little girl is 6 years old with the same condition and had 15 surgeries but she's thriving now! Archer is such a strong little boy and we're all rooting for him.
This GoFundMe is to help with the Brochus medical bills and expenses. Please help the Brochus with as much as you can.
The friends and family of Marlene & Jim
- Dennis Larsen
- Nick Hansen
- Stephen Baker
- Dustin Heap
- Josiah Padilla
Organizer and beneficiary
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