Created: 05/28/2014 7:24 AM WHEC.com
By: Lia Lando
After four years of infertility treatments and a miscarriage, Ryann Taylor prematurely gave birth to a baby girl. Brynn was just 29 weeks and was diagnosed with a rare, complex heart defect with life-threatening consequences.
Dan Taylor is Brynn’s father. “It was a scary delivery. Something that you look forward to, the birth of your child. It should be a joyous event and for us it was quite scary.”
Dr. George Alfieris said, “Brynn was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia which in itself is a problem, but it was complicated by the fact that she was so small and a little bit premature.”
She was born near her home in Buffalo at just over two pounds and needed to remain stable at around five pounds before being transferred to Golisano Children’s Hospital for open heart surgery.
Dr. Alfieris said, “Doing open heart surgery on a baby with that kind of problem is very complicated.”
Knowing that their daughter was in good hands, Ryann and Dan headed upstairs for a quick dinner. They had just finished eating when Taylor said, “My phone rings and it was one of the nurses and she said, ‘Brynn has gone into a heart arrhythmia and we had to do some CPR. We've stabilized her for now, but you really need to come down’.”
They ran to their daughter's side to say goodbye but the doctors worked hard and the Taylors prayed harder.
Dr. Alfieris said, “Her heart stopped so we ended up having to help her heart and her lungs and put her on an artificial heart lung machine, something called ECMO.”
Taylor said, “They saved her life twice, it was pretty incredible. He touched her heart. Literally.”
So many complications and scares but finally when she was four months old, Brynn got to go home but she still had to have a feeding tube.
Dr. Alfieris said, “She was so small to start with and she was on the ventilator for so long, that sometimes children really have a hard time learning how to eat. She'll learn, she'll figure it out.”
She had every complication possible but beat the odds and that is what makes Brynn Taylor one of Golisano Children's Hospital Miracle Kids.