At the moment of his birth, Kaden took his first breath and let out his first and only cry. A small hole in his right lung (known as a pneumothorax) allowed air to escape into his chest cavity and caused both lungs to collapse. Doctors and nurses immediately began working to get Kaden breathing. He was rushed from the delivery room to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where doctors placed a chest tube in his right side to relieve the trapped air. Determining that his condition was unstable, Kaden was Life Flighted to McKay Dee Hospital. In his first days of life he endured 9 failed IV's, a life saving PICC line, 2 chest tubes, a feeding tube, multiple x-rays, and remained on a ventilator while his little lungs struggled to heal themselves and he fought to overcome an infection in his lungs and stomach. Progress was slow at first but eventually Kaden was able to be weaned off of the oxygen and the infections cleared.
After three weeks of witnessing miracles and overcoming unimaginable challenges, Jeff and Rachel were able to take Kaden home. While he is growing and considered stable at this time he has been kept home and carefully guarded from any outside germs that could easily send him back to the back to the hospital.
In today's world of modern medicine it is unfortunate that life saving medical expenses far exceed our financial capabilities. Even though the Kooymans have insurance the cost of Kadens life saving procedures and 20 day stay in NICU, Lifeflight, travel expenses, and time away from work has placed yet another overwhelming burden on this young family. All donations will go directly towards their medical expenses and will be received with huge amounts of endless gratitude.
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