CAF Story | Rebekah’s Fight

CAF Story | Rebekah’s Fight


In July 2018,
I had an ultrasound that Rebekah had
heart abnormalities that were quite different
from a normal heart. So, I went back to Petawawa
where I was posted and talked to the medical staff and talked to my chain of
command what had just happened. My pregnancy was now high risk. The chain of command said: “Whatever you need,
we’ll support you.” It was decided
by my obstetrician in Ottawa and by the military
that I would move to Ottawa to make sure that
if I did go into labour, I’d be at CHEO,
at Ottawa General in case once she’s born,
she has all the staff there that she needs to support her. And on the 7th of November,
Rebekah was born. She looked better than
they expected. We were elated. We had our miracle. And then, she had
high bilirubin counts. And then, she had
the heterotaxy syndrome. She has congenital
heart defects, arteries that go
around the heart where there
shouldn’t be arteries and one side of the heart
was much bigger and they noticed
there were holes in her heart basically like a colander. They realized that
she had biliary atresia. Biliary atresia can only
be fixed by liver transplant. So, over the next few weeks, we saw Rebekah
receive so many tests. Seeing your new baby
get blood work for the first time
is heart-wrenching. I had to leave the room,
I had to go, walk down the hall. We wanted to bring her home
for Christmas. I think bringing home
your new baby for Christmas is a big step for any parent. And to have her
lying in the hospital when you wake up
on Christmas morning, it’s not fair. It’s not fair
that any family has to do that. It was the day before they said
we could take her home for one day for Christmas
and then she got an infection in her lungs,
which led to septic shock. Rebekah was attached to 12
or 15 different medications that were keeping her alive. She fought through the septic
shock and two weeks later, she had her heart surgery.
She did great. She did better
than they expected. They fixed all the holes
that they wanted to fix. And still to this day,
now she’s 2 and her heart
is doing awesome. And all through that time, we were in contact with the
military and they were juggling, trying to figure out: “Okay, what are we gonna do to
help them? What do they need?” The military did everything
they could to support us
through this process. On the 7th of May, Rebekah had
her liver transplant. I was her donor. ♪ Get out of your head
young one ♪ ♪ Don’t let the fear
consume you ♪ ♪ Wander as far as
you wanna go ♪ ♪ And use that light
to follow through ♪ ♪ We are the ones
to pretend but ♪ ♪ We are the ones
to never give in ♪ ♪ No matter what the world
throws at us ♪ And the feeling of preparing
yourself to be able to give your daughter
another go and just the answer
that’s gonna take away all her pain and her suffering, it’s amazing. It’s the most amazing
feeling ever. ♪ Don’t speak a word of regret ♪ ♪ Your defeat
won’t go unnoticed ♪

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