A recent cranial scan showed that Ethen has Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH). IVH is bleeding into the ventricles of the brain. It is categorized into different grades of severity; grade I being mild and IV severe. Ethen’s bleeding is grade I (thank God).
IVH is most common in premature babies, especially very low birth weight babies weighing less than 1500grams (Ethen was 1270grams at birth). We are definitely very concerned about this but doctors did assure us that his is a mild case and should not lead to further complications. However it is not known how long the bleeding will last. Hopefully it will resolve by itself over time. For better understanding, please refer to this website.
Updates: Ethen is currently 2.47kg and feeding on 55ml per 3hourly. He is still learning the suck-breathe coordination and hopefully can finish more feeds on his own soon. Once he is able to do that, he can be off the nasogastic tube (the tube that goes through his nose directly to the stomach). Please continue to pray with us:
for the bleeding to cease (no further complications)
Ethen will be able to master feeding on his own soon (no choking and coughing during feeding; controlled breathing on his own)
for a clean bill of health so he can be discharged very soon
Ethen will grow up to be healthy and strong
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND”
2 Tim 1:7