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April 21, 2013

Against all odds

March of Dimes helps children like Gehring

Somerset —

Parker Grant Gehring, only a few months shy of his first birthday, made his first outing into the world with his family this past Easter. 
The bright-eyed, bubbly little boy would be considered a miracle to his family — those who watched him struggle to live during his first days and weeks.
Parker’s mother, Brooke, and father, Chad, had tried for some time to have a baby. After two years — with 13 of those months with Brooke on fertility medication — the couple were “ecstatic” to discover they were having a baby.
“It was a dream come true and I was so anxious to meet our little boy,” said Brooke. 
Brooke’s pregnancy progressed normally. Ultrasounds showed that their little boy was growing well.
But it was during an ultrasound in Brooke’s 27th week of pregnancy that something appeared to be amiss.
“ ... When the doctor looked at the results I could tell something was wrong,” said Brooke. “The doctor told me that the baby was a lot smaller than he should have been and he was concerned.”
The Gehrings’ doctor referred them to a high-risk pregnancy specialist in Lexington. It wasn’t long before a diagnosis was found. Brooke had a medical issue called absent end diastolic flow. Basically, blood flow through the umbilical cord was hindered, which significantly decreased the amount of nutrients and oxygen Parker was receiving in the womb. Parker’s slowed growth was a result of this, and doctors warned the Gehrings that Brooke would not carry Parker to full term. 
The cause of the issue was unknown. Doctors told Brooke that a restriction of blood flow through the umbilical cord is usually a result of preeclampsia.  Brooke, though, was not suffering from preeclampsia. 
“The doctors had to come in and just say ‘Really, we have no answers,’” said Brooke.

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