"O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger." -Psalms 8:1-2
Benjamin Mark Gamez
Let me start by first introducing you to our beautiful baby boy. His name is Benjamin Mark Gamez. He was born on April 27th at 12:05pm, weighed 3,660kg, and 51cm in length.
Thursday morning Sylvia was scheduled to be induced, but that morning when she woke up she was having contractions. After checking in to the hospital she was checked and dialated to 3cm. About an hour later she was checked again and was at 6cm, which at that point they transferred her to the delivery room. Sylvia did an awesome job, the delivery was normal and we saw baby Benjamin for the first time.
Benjamin was checked and the doctor noticed that his heart beat was louder on the right side instead the normal left side. They took Luke for an x-ray to study further.
1st X-ray that confirmed a problem.
With this x-ray the doctor suspected Congential diaphragmatic hernia. It's basically a hole in the diaphragm which allowed the intestines and spleen to move up into the heart and lung cavity.
Here you can see the heart and left lung have been pushed to the right side. The black space on the right side is empty and is where the intestines are supposed to be.
2nd X-ray w/contrast confirmed CDH.
Clearly shows intestines in thoracic cavity. This caused the underdevelopment of the left lung and at the moment the most serious complication.
The surgery was successful to move the intestines and spleen into place and stitch the hernia in the diaphragm.
Here you can see the smaller and underdeveloped left lung now moving into its correct position.
Benjamin's condition is serious. The most serious complication is the left lung. He's been on a breathing machine and they've done blood tests to check oxygen and he is showing good signs. Friday night the doctor started to take him off of sedation with the intent to remove the breathing tube and get him breathing on his own today (Saturday).
His intestines are weak too. In 72 hours they are going to feed him breast milk and see how well he reacts and digests. Sylvia started pumping milk last night.
Benjamin is proving to be a little fighter and we're trusting in the Lord to do a miracle. Please pray with us.
Urgent Prayer Requests:
1. For a miracle healing in baby Benjamin. Normal oxygen production and carbon dioxide discharge. Normal and strong disgestive system.
2. For Sylvia, her heart is broken and can't stand that baby is not at home with her. She never got a chance to hold him.
3. For God to lead and guide the doctors and nurses.
4. For provision, the surgery and one week in ICU is costing $11-13k.
5. For peace in our hearts.
6. For wisdom in all the dealings going on right now.
Thank you for your support. It means so much to us. We love you.
-The Gamez family
- Macias Family
- Florie Vasquez
- Yoshimi Horiuchi
- Karla Fischer
- H Santamaria
Organizer and beneficiary
Yorba Linda, CA