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Marcus fund-raiser to benefit Hueser family

Monday, April 30, 2012

Dan and Kelli Hueser are pictured with their son Brady, who was born premature. A fundraiser will be held May 16 at the Marcus Community Center from 6-8 p.m. to help the family with medical bills. Photo contributed
Newborn son's medical expenses mount

MARCUS - There will be a fundraiser held Wednesday, May 16 at the Marcus Community Center from 6-8 p.m. for the Dan & Kelli Hueser family.

Hamburgers, bars, chips and drink will be served with a free will offering, and to-go containers will be available.

Dan & Kelli have been in Omaha with their newborn son Brady for the past six weeks. While Brady continues to improve, it has been a heavy burden on the young family.

Please join in helping them out with their medical bills. If you have any questions on the benefit please contact Rachel Holmes, Stephanie Speiler, or Karla Prunty.

Below is part of their story in Kelli's words:

Preterm premature rupture of membranes or PPROM is the official diagnosis we were given after my water broke at only 15 weeks gestation. This occurs in only 3-percent of pregnancies & unfortunately most likely labor shortly follows. Ten percent was the number we were given of our pregnancy continuing until our baby would be of viability which is considered 24 weeks of age. That didn't include the numerous complications that could occur which would put both myself and our baby at risk.

We decided that bedrest was the only way to give our baby a fighting chance, although bedrest is not proven beneficial. We had weekly ultrasounds and doctor appointments to ensure a fetal heartbeat and that my pregnancy was continuing without complications. Fortunately, my water resealed which occurs in less than 10% of those pregnancies. Each week that we were able to continue our pregnancy was another gift.

I did develop preterm contractions a couple of different times throughout the rest of my pregnancy, however with the help of medication, they were stopped.

At 33 weeks of pregnancy, my water unexpectadly broke once again for the second time. I was then transferred to Methodist Women's Hospital in Omaha, NE by ambulance. I was given stronger medication to stop contractions until I was 34 weeks along. Surgery was scheduled for a couple days later so the steroids given to me were able to develop baby's lungs.

Our son, Brady John Hueser was born on March 13, 2012, six weeks early. Fortunately his lungs were adequate and no respiratory assistance was needed. He was taken away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and had a team of nurses and doctors taking care of him. Later we found out that he suffered a fractured femur most likely from delivery. He was given a splint to wear for the next four weeks. He has now had that removed and is continuing to heal appropriately.

Although he arrived six weeks early, he was progressing wonderfully. He began to eat first through a feeding tube and quickly progressed. He had a hard time maintaining his temperature and went back and forth between being in an open crib and going back to the warmed isolette.

We were scheduled to go home around four weeks of age when Brady went back into the incubator for the fourth time. He had a hard time eating and keeping down what he had just eaten. He eventually became very lethargic and was unable to be awakened to eat when scheduled.

He was taken to another part of the NICU to be watched more closely and put through multiple tests which were mostly negative. After 10 days of gaining little ground, doctors called in specialists who were able to diagnose pyloric stenosis. It is a condition where the pyloric muscle that is located between the stomach and small intestine is swollen and constricted, not allowing food to pass through.

He was transferred by ambulance to Children's Hospital to correct this condition. Brady underwent surgery to fix his enlarged pyloric muscle and is doing much better. He continues to be monitored in the NICU at Children's Hospital and improves each day. Hopefully we will all be home soon.

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