Kristi Canode and her husband Greg are thankful today. But almost six years ago, they went through an experience so heart-wrenching it’s difficult to imagine.
After five years of marriage, they were excited parents-to-be. Kristi’s pregnancy went smoothly. Until she was in the hospital, delivering baby Michael, in January 2008.
“He came out not breathing,” she told me. “He had severe heart defects.”
Michael suffered from a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot, which affects 1in every 2,000 babies. He died the day he was born.
Doctors told the couple that if they tried again, there was a 10 percent chance the baby would have a similar problem.
After the crushing grief from Michael’s death, “it might as well have been 100 percent,” said Kristi, who’s a registered nurse. “We just thought there was no chance we would go through that again.”
But late that year, the couple found themselves pregnant again. That was a surprise, because they had tried for so long to get pregnant the first time. Their daughter Taylor, now 4, was born in August 2009. She was fine; “we were blessed,” Kristi said.
Early this year Kristi became pregnant again, and this time it didn’t go nearly so smoothly. At 12 weeks she had a blood test that indicated something was wrong. It showed a critically low level of a key protein. Read more »