September 25 2013
On July 19, 2000, I gave birth to a baby girl, weighing 8 lb. 3 oz., with jet black hair, puffy checks, and a little chin. She was everything I imagined her to be and a wonderful addition to our family. Andrew our son, who is about 15 months older, was excited to be a big brother, and I was once again longing to hold a new baby and do all the mommy things like breastfeed, cuddle, stroll and show off my baby. Immediately after birth, when the nurse laid Sarah on her back to clean her, she began to choke. It was the most frightening experience I had ever had. What was happening? What was wrong? We were extremely fortunate to have great care at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario and within hours, they had diagnosed Sarah with a cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence. Pierre Robin Sequence is a condition in which the lower jaw does not grow to the same size as the rest of the skull. They immediately made arrangements to transfer her to the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto.