This is Finley Kate Douglass, the daughter of a co-worker and friend and his wife, Jeffrey Douglass/Meredith Mauck Douglass. Finely was born at 26 weeks and weighed in at a whopping 1,5 pounds.
Miracles continue to happen with this child every day; she’s UP to 1 lb 9 ounces and is making progress. There is a Caring Bridge spot for updates, and a Go Fund Me page if you’d like to help. And of course, your prayers would be appreciated.
I contacted Jeff and Meredith and asked them to help me out with the details.
I want everyone to know about this baby, pray for this baby, and help this baby.
Below is their story thus far…
Meredith hadn’t been feeling as much movement from Finley all day Saturday or Sunday. so on Sunday morning, March 12th around 10:00 she decided to call her OB as she still wasn’t feeling much movement even though she had eaten a big breakfast and lay on her side for a while.
Her doctor told her to go ahead and come into L&D and get checked out to make sure everything was fine. The doctor said 90% of the time when they get these calls it turns out to be nothing but they always like to check just to make sure.
Meredith kept thinking she was overreacting and that she was going to get hooked up to the monitor and see Finley moving around like crazy.
We arrived 11:30, Mere was hooked up to the monitor and heard Finley’s precious heart beat right away so they assumed everything was fine.
About 30 minutes later the nurse came in and said it seems that your baby is “sleepy” so we are going to give you some IV fluids to see if she perks up and do an ultrasound to check her growth. A little bit of concern came over us but we were still hearing Finley’s heartbeat on the monitor so we weren’t too concerned.
After a full bag of fluids Finley didn’t perk up and the ultrasound was showing her growth at 24.5 weeks instead of 26 weeks. Their doctor came in and said that they were keeping Meredith overnight and most likely a lot longer than that.
The doctor informed us that there was definitely something going on with our little girl that wasn’t normal.
She told us that the maternal fetal specialist group that they work with was going to come and do another ultrasound to see what the blood flow through the umbilical cord looked like and recheck her growth.
During the ultrasound with the specialist Meredith knew something was really wrong. The specialist took over doing the ultrasound from the tech and looked around and then left the room. She came back a few minutes later and told the tech to just take minimum measurements and be done. The specialist doctor came back in and told us the blood flow through our little girl’s umbilical cord was reverse end diastolic flow.
They had two options on the table. 1. Wait it out and try and get at least 24 hours of steroids to help boost Finley’s lungs and development but run the risk of her passing away. 2. Go ahead and do an emergency C-section and take Finley right away. They decided to go ahead and do the emergency C-section in hopes that she would be able to grow more safely outside the womb and mitigate the risk of her passing in Meredith’s stomach.
Finley Kate Douglass was born at 5:50 PM weighing just 1.5 lbs. The NICU team took her away immediately and began their treatment. Since Finley has been born she has seen plenty of ups and downs which is pretty typical of babies born at 26 weeks.
She had a grade 4 brain bleed on day 3 which is the most severe grade of bleed. The doctors don’t know the effects of it and won’t know the full effects of it for years.
The big prayer request was for healing of the brain and for all the fluid and blood to be able to drain properly and not cause swelling in her head. Mere and Jeff We recently received news that by God’s grace there is no swelling in Finley’s head and it appears that she is healing well from the bleed. Finley continues to improve day by day and that is exciting to see.
Her lungs, stomach, and heart all seem to be getting stronger and developing well also.
God is so good and it is amazing to see His work throughout all of this.
Jeff and Meredith Douglass
Hey, it’s me again: If you’d like to help, feel free to reach out to me via email. firstname.lastname@example.org