IN MEMORY OF
AUSTIN LYNN VANNOY
born August 18, 1999 and
died August 18, 1999.
by Cynthia Vannoy (his mother):
When I went into labor with my son it was one of the happiest days of my
life. My pregnancy went perfect. The ultrasound at 20 weeks showed a perfect,
healthy baby boy! There was no signs of anything wrong. I went to the hospital
at 10:30 am, Aug.18, 1999. I gave birth to Austin at 4:32 pm. He cried and looked
me in the eye. He seemed to be perfect. Moments later the doctor took him to the
nursery to give him oxygen. She said she didn't think anything serious was wrong.
Everything went downhill from there. She ended up doing chest x-rays and found his
left lung collapsed. She inserted a chest tube and called children's hospital.
She said he would get the best care possible there. When the helicopter got
there they could not stabilize him so they could not transport him. His right
lung had collapsed and was not responding to treatment. He was pronounced
dead 3 hours 2 minutes after his birth. I had an autopsy performed. It showed
the main cause to be Gestational He d in the first month or two of pregnancy. His
arteries from his heart was too small to transport enough blood to his body
which caused his lungs to be premature. He would have lived if he could have
stayed in my placenta and didn't have to breathe oxygen. The specialists says
this is one of the hardest birth defects to diagnosis. My life will never be the
same without him. I thank God for my 2 year old daughter. She has been the only
one that has kept me half-way sane! If it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be
here today. This is the hardest and most difficult journey I have ever been on.