At the 24 week anomaly scan, it was discovered that Richard had double bubble also known as duodenal atresia, an intestinal blockage and he was behind in development. Ashley had a shot of steroids to help with his lung development and she also had to go back in 24 hours later for a 2nd dose..If Richard didn't improve by the next ultrasound, they wanted to deliver him..Luckily, the shots helped!
Ashley and Richard were then monitored every 3 days. He had a 50/50 chance of survival. Even with this news, Ashley never gave up hope and did everything she could to get Richard to gain weight. She even requested protein shakes to drink to help with Richards growth. Richard proved to be a fighter and stayed put regardless of his odds. Richard was scheduled to be delivered on January 26th. However, at a routine ultrasound on January 24th, Richard was struggling and his heart rate was dropping. At 33 weeks Richard would need to be delivered.
Ashley was admitted and was induced for labor. At 6:00 AM on January 25th a nurse woke her up in a panic and told Ashley to lay on her left side. Richard was again struggling to survive. He was then delivered by an emergency C-section. He was born on January 25th at only 2 lbs. 12 oz.
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