We are seeking donations to help with the final plans for Henry Michael Morgret. Our son was taken from us before he had a chance to experience life and in our time of need we are looking to friends and family to aid us.
Henry Michael Morgret was the first child of Michael and Joanna Morgret. Henry was born on May 20th 2017 in an emergency c-section while we were at the hospital preparing for delivery. A placental abruption (very rare) caused Henry to lose an enormous amount of blood and oxygen during birth and he was born with multiple injured organs.
The doctors were concerned for brain damage, but since he was so pale from losing blood he needed blood transfusions. In his short life he would have over 100 transfusions. His liver was badly injured and because of this Henry could not clot his blood. His kidneys were also badly damaged and as a result Henry gained 7 pounds of fluid causing his body to expand and stretch. These two problems alone were treatable, and Henry's body was correcting them as time passed when we were transferred to Lurie's for treatment. Before further treatment, an MRI had to be done on his brain.
The results were devastating. Henry had two large pools of blood on his brain and most of his brain had suffered severe trauma from the lack of blood and oxygen and had died. The doctors told us he would not be able to develop beyond basic primitive function. His brain has sustained too much damage.
In most cases of abruption, children are either stillborn or die within hours. But not Henry. Henry fought on, his little body working overtime to keep himself going so mom and dad, and extended family and friends, could meet and marvel at his strength to endure. Ultimately, mom and dad had to make the choice no parent should ever have to make and remove him from support and say good bye. Nothing has been harder in our lives. However, we made the decision for Henry because there was no chance his life would be enjoyable for him. He would never sit up, roll over, walk, talk or have any semblance of a full life.
We are so proud of the fight our son put up. We spent the last 10 months preparing to teach our son as he grew and instead he taught us how to fight. His courage and determination will live on in his parents and those that came to know him. He is truly the greatest gift we have received and his short life will impact us for the remainder of our life. He will always be my hero.
We cannot express the gratitude for our friends, family and even complete strangers who have helped us in this difficult time. It is amazing what Henry has brought to us and we are thankful that so many have been willing to help us.
- Anna Szylkowska
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