Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chloe Marlow, 5

On August 25, 2004, Missy and Gary Marlow celebrated the birth of their third daughter, Chloe. She was full-term and weighed 8 lbs 2 oz at birth. Four days later, Chloe was transported to Kosair Children’s Hospital with breathing problems. It marked the beginning of months of uncertainty and hospitalization, a multitude of tests and even surgery.

Diagnosed with Bronchomalacia, weakness in the cartilage in the bronchial tubes and Tracheamalacia, weakness of the walls of the windpipe, Chloe’s oxygen levels and blood gases would reach abnormal levels causing “blue spells.” She was placed on a ventilator, had a heart catheterization, left lung biopsy and numerous other tests. on December 10, 2004, Chloe was again rushed to Kosair’s Hospital. A week later, she received a tracheostomy and was put on a CPAP to keep her airways open. Chloe returned home January 10, 2005. She is now an energetic and happy 5-year-old.

“Chloe’s condition was so severe, we did not know if she would live or die. The doctors and nurses at Kosair’s Hospital spent a lot of time with us to ensure we had a good transition from the hospital to home and that we knew how to care for our daughter. We appreciate all of the love we received from family, friends and staff at Kosair’s Hospital. What a blessing Kosair’s Hospital has been for my family during such a traumatic and frightening time.”

The Marlow Family
Gary, Missy, Emily, Molly & Chloe

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