At 13 weeks they had an ultrasound to meet her miracle baby. Samantha and her husband were so excited, but they did find a complication. A rather serious one at that. In the initial ultrasound there was a visible issue and they were told it was a Gastroschisis. Then on her 20th week the anatomy scan confirmed the issue was actually a Omphalocele. An Omphalocele Is an abdominal wall defect in which the bowel, liver and other abdominal organs protrude out of the abdomen and into the the umbilical cord. You can see it clearly on the ultrasound.
Kallie’s case was pretty extreme, as they later found out that the Omphalocele included her stomach. At this point the doctors had advised Samantha that the baby had a poor chance of survival and termination would probably the better route. The possibility of losing her baby was very real, and in fact the doctors said it was probable. “I was heartbroken, and I cried for hours” Samantha said. She didn’t consider an abortion, but she was afraid she was going to lose her miracle baby every day. Over time, she continued her pregnancy as usual and watched her baby grow. All along she knew she was going to have to get used to the idea of a long road ahead.
She needed special attention immediately so she was quickly taken away to the NICU. Kallie was a miracle at conception and a miracle at birth. Just like the ultrasound showed she was born beautiful but her stomach and organs had protruded quite a bit. She had to be treated immediately with Silvadine (a drug use to kill bacteria and infection) and a gauze wrap to start the process. Known as the paint wait method.