The swelling in his brain masked this damage during the first MRI. Since then, the blood that was trapped in his ventricles has been clearing, and a more realistic picture of the condition of his brain has presented itself. Unfortunately, the blood in his ventricles has become the least of our worries.
The doctors believe that his injury was sustained one or two days prior to birth and was likely caused by either a temporary constriction of the umbilical cord or some interruption to blood flow through the placenta. They make this estimate based upon three factors:
1. The seizures and apnea began almost immediately after birth. Such symptoms usually require hours or days to manifest.
2. His blood acidity was normal at birth. This would have required time to normalize after an incident of low blood flow.
3. The damage is spread throughout his brain. This is consistent with a full constriction of blood rather than a localized incident.
Only time will tell us how Henry's development will be impacted by this condition.
Henry continues to work with therapists to improve his eating, coordination, and focus. We are beginning to make arrangements for the therapy that he will need after we bring him home. The nursing staff has begun training us to manage his feeding tube and monitoring equipment so that we can bring him home soon.
Photos from today