Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 23, 1977

Photo by Vincent Vitale

Thirty-eight years ago today, we met our seventh child.  Micah Christian was born at 4 lbs 14 oz.  We were advised that he had Down Syndrome and a day later, were told that something was wrong with his heart.  When he was three months old, we found out that he had a very large hole in his heart, which was later found to be no center wall at all.  The Pediatric Cardiologist told us the good and bad blood were separated by a piece of membrane.  He had five times the amount of blood going into his lungs as opposed to circulating through his body.  This was successfully repaired when he was 6 1/2 years old.  However, due to lung damage incurred over those 6 1/2 years, Micah died.

He lived much longer than expected by the medical community.  Micah attended school at Rehabilitation Programs.  At home, he was both a joy and sometimes, an annoyance because of his impish ways.  Micah was certainly loved by his siblings, his parents and many, many friends.

You can read about his life in "The Book of Micah" (see below).

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Perhaps by Catherine Hall (on Kindle and the Nook) 

The Book of Micah by Catherine Hall (on Kindle and the Nook) 

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