Paige is our strong willed child, and we are so grateful for it. Sometimes when Paige and I are butting heads I have to remind myself that I am thankful for that desire in her to fight and push the limits. Without that natural desire to fight she wouldn't be with us today.
Alexandria Paige Wiggins
July 30th, 2006
8lbs 9oz 20 inches long
Paige's delivery was hard and complicated... I will try to make this short as short as I possibly can. Paige suffered an Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury at delivery, her apgar scores were 2/6. She also suffered from Erb's Palsy and was born with a Sacrococcygeal teratoma. Very, very scary and stressful time for Craig, myself and our family. Within 24 hours of deliver she was transferred from Trident Medical Center to MUSC Children's Hospital where she spent the next three weeks in the level three NICU showing us how strong willed she already was.
The day we were given Paige's diagnosis was a very emotional day, I was nursing Paige in a rocker in front of her incubator, something I wasn't able to do until she was about 15 days old. Craig was there and we were very cozy behind the folding screens they put up for privacy. Her team of Dr.'s approached us and said that we could stay on the floor if we liked since I was nursing, that normally we would go discuss these types of things in a conference room. The Doctors told us that basically Paige would never be "normal (what ever normal is), she would most likely suffer from Cerebral Palsy, physical and mental handicaps". The seizures, MRI & MRS results, clonis and hypertonia all indicated a serious brain injury caused most likely during delivery. They did tell us that babies brains are amazing wonders, that they are super resilient, we held on to these statements for the next two years. We asked questions, they answered and then they left. We sat there starring at each other full of worry, and scared beyond belief. God was with us and we soon realized that, when on the other side of the NICU, just three feet away, behind another set of folding screens we heard the anguished cries of a Mom and family as their baby was taken off life support and passed. God wrapped his arms around us and at that point, we decided we were blessed to have Paige in our lives ALIVE no matter what the Dr's said she would or wouldn't be as she grew.
|Paige looked very peaceful just hours after deliver, but was already suffering from serious seizures at this point I didn't know what was going on.|
|She was so big.. 8lbs and 9oz... just two ounces shy of being 2lbs bigger than her older sister, Reese.|
|this is how we found her at MUSC... bloated, fully intubated and her brain would not stop seizing. Was very, very upsetting. She looked terrible, not at peace and it was heartbreaking.|
|after a couple of days on Topomax she was a bit better and didn't look so bloated|
|I think this is right before she went for surgery to have her her tumor removed.|
|a few days later finally able to hold her|
|off oxygen, still had a feeding tube.. awake and adorable.|