#MyRCH is hope: Doctor's newborn has a miraculous recovery
Pregnant with her first child, Katherine Black, M.D.
– a physician with Northwest Gastroenterology Clinic at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center – was five days shy of her due date when the unexpected happened.
At first, she and her husband, Jon – a musician and founder of the indie rock band, Fort Atlantic – thought her water broke.
But, something was terribly wrong. Without notice, her placenta had separated from the inner wall of her uterus. Dr. Black was fighting for her life and the life of her precious baby boy, Beckett.
An uncommon, yet, very serious complication of pregnancy, placental abruption causes blood loss in both mother and child, blocking the oxygen supply to the baby’s brain and organs.
After an emergency C-section at Legacy Good Samaritan, the Black’s son was immediately transported to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Randall Children’s Hospital (RCH) at Legacy Emanuel.
Beckett was barely alive. He had lost more blood than his mother and his organs were at risk of shutting down. “It was scary,” Jon says. “There were a lot of variables and a lot of things we didn’t know.”
Once in the NICU, Beckett was placed on cooling therapy to help reduce the chance of brain damage by lowering the temperature of his little body. His traumatic birth had also led to a necessary surgery to mend multiple perforations in his small intestine. “Thanks to the staff, I knew we were going to be all right, no matter the outcome,” Jon says. “Everyone was calm; everyone had been there before.”
Dr. Black recovered quicker than Beckett. The Black’s baby boy remained in the NICU for two months. “It’s a hard circumstance to be in, but everything started to stabilize one day at a time,” Jon recalls. “The care and the staff were absolutely amazing – it goes way beyond medicine.”
Today, the Blacks have a happy, healthy 2-year-old. “He’s a miracle kid,” Jon exclaims. The songwriter in Jon turned his family’s emotional journey into songs of hope and perseverance in the album Shadow Shaker Vol. 1
. “Music has always found me in my time of need,” Jon says. “A lot of the hard memories have been replaced with joy and the beautiful blessing we have – #MyRCH is hope!
As a nonprofit, Randall Children's Hospital gives care to everyone who walks through its doors. The Artic Sun cooling system that saved Beckett’s life was purchased with a generous donation from the Coit Family Foundation. A gift of any size can make an impact on our young patients and their families.
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