Saturday, June 30, 2007

birth story of Ava, our lil' hummingbird


















































what a journey we have traveled...In the first week of Oct. 2004 our lives changed forever. My wife had gone to a primary care physician complaining of pressure on the chest, and a week later she underwent open heart surgery. we were caught in a medical and emotional whirlwind, it is sufficent to say nobody was prepared for this. During this week of major medical and life changing decisions, she was given the choice of what type of valve (tissue or mechanical) she would have to replace her aortic valve. 2 options. 1) mechanical - this valve we were told it would out live her, but she would need to take blood thinner meds and therefore could no longer have anymore children. 2) porcine valve (pig) - this valve we were told is similar to human flesh and therefore no blood thinner meds would be necessary, having children or another child is an option. HOWEVER, the valve would need to be replaced at some point, (another open heart surgery) and it's only a matter of time.
without hesitation, my wife knew the decision to be made...and porcine it was.

we are looking at truly a miracle. the birth of our daughter ava.
ava is a testament of my wife's faith, inspiration, courage and sacrifice and god's greatest blessing that he can grant to mankind.

mom and babe are doing great.
her sister alanna, has become ava's second mommy.
and i...i among men am most richly blessed.

4 comments:

Jessica said...

Reading the story of your wife made me cry. she is a very strong women, to make a decision that she knows will result in another heart surgery so she can have more children.
she is so deserving of that beautiful baby and someone who I sure is an amazing mom because of the love and sacrifice she has for those girls.
I admire her courage and strength.

duston todd said...

thanks for your kind words.

suzanne said...

Duston,
Congratulations!!! She's beautiful!! Of course, so is your wife and daughter Alanna. This is soooo awesome. Thanks for sharing. You have an incredible talent.

You are truly blessed but then so is your wife and daughters to have such a loving husband and father.

Once again, the Todd gift for expression through art shows itself in rare form.

Love to your wonderful family,
Suzanne
(Sherron's daughter)

Dana Mania said...

Wow! I admire your wife. I appreciate you looking at my blog...sometimes i feel like i am just doing it to entertain myself!
Mr. Call is a great family friend. And yes, Skyler is my brother. When Amber told me you were doing her photos, she mentioned that you knew Sky. Anyway, since knowing of your work and website, I have told and showed everyone about the wonderful work you do!
Congrats to you and your family. And tell your wife keep on keeping on!