born August 18, 1999 and died August 18, 1999.
Remembered 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.


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