Created: 05/27/2014 8:48 AM WHEC.com
By: Lia Lando
It was the time of their lives. Megan and Jason Ayles were expecting their first child. But excitement quickly turned to panic when Megan was just 22 weeks pregnant. She was cramping and knew something was wrong. She was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital and went into labor 17 weeks early. She said, “We were given like a 25-percent chance that he would make it out okay.”
After what Megan calls a very peaceful, beautiful birth, baby Chase was whisked down the hall to Golisano Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “You name it and he probably went through it. All of the things they told us to expect happened and then some."
“Being born that early comes with lots and lots of hurdles.” Doctor Ronnie Giullet says Chase weighed about 1.3 pounds. She says that's actually a good size for a baby born at 23 weeks but Chase needed a lot of help to survive. “He needed something called a high frequency ventilator and so he had to overcome the lung problems. There's a blood vessel that is open when you are a fetus. That blood vessel is called the ductus and it’s supposed to close once you are born but his didn't close."
Doctors gave him medication but there were complications with his kidneys so they couldn’t give him all the medication he needed. That left them with another very difficult decision. Dr. Giullet said, “One of the biggest things that I dealt with mom and dad about Chase was is it the appropriate thing for Chase to put him through surgery to close this ductus.”
But without the surgery, Chase might not survive. At three weeks old he had the surgery and mom and dad say their prayers worked. “Literally like three days before Thanksgiving they said we're going to let you take him home."
The Golisano Children’s Hospital Telethon will be held on Sunday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.