Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Judah and Karis

On Saturday July 14 it was decided that our babies should enter the world.  I was having contractions since about 4 am and the medicine was not working to stop them.  Judah Masaki ( meaning Praise / Exceeding Hope) was born at 7:14.  One minute later at 7:15 Karis Masami (meaning Grace / True Beauty) was born.  They tried to resuscitate both babies, but because of his lack of water due to pProm which lead to numerous problems, Judah only lived for one hour.  If you have been reading you know Karis sack also ruptured but then by a miracle resealed. As she came out I heard a little squeak of a cry, which meant that her lungs were somewhat developed.  They were able to resuscitate her and quickly took her to the NICU. Praise God!!!
  Today we reached the very critical 72 hour make that many preemies do not make it to. So that is really good news! There of course are a few issues with having a baby at 24 weeks.  Truthfully it would take awhile to explain and really I don't have the energy for that. There are three main things to PRAY FOR:
1. They have found a brain bleed.  There are four levels of this and hers is the lowest. While that is great news, please pray that this would resolve and heal itself.
2. In checking her heart they found something called PDA, it has to do with a valve that doesn't actually close until around week 35 I believe. Anyways, it can allow blood into the lungs, which is not good.  So they have given her medicine and we have been told it is looking better each day.
3. She does have an infection, the doctor said all preemie babies have this and she is on antibiotics. But her blood work is not great.  After three days of treatment her white blood cell count went up, but her CRP (inflammation level) went down.  Please pray that here infection would disappear!!
This is a little book the nurses started for Karis.  I love that they write in it and in English!!! Of course it is made "cute" by little drawings and stickers :)
  Our hearts are broken over the loss of our son.  While we are certain he is with his heavenly father, it has still left a hole in our hearts. I know I say this EVERY TIME but Thank you so much for all the kind words and prayers.  I know I have read many of them over and over.  We are still hanging on to hope....hope that Karis will make it and hope that someday we will see our little boy healed.

Clifford and Danielle


  1. Hey guys! We are praying. Also, in terms of the heart condition, it's very repairable. Meghan had it when she was born, and as you can see, she is a healthy, happy adult. We will continue to pray for you guys and Karis. がんばってね! I know God is walking with you, and will hold you in the palm of his hand through this trial. <3

  2. Dear Clifford and Danielle...You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart breaks along with yours. We know the pain of losing a grandbaby and while each situation is unique, my heart is with yours. I will continue to pray for Karis, believing in the God who performs miracles.

  3. Dear Clifford and Danielle,
    Clifford probably doesn't remember me, but I taught AWANA in NC when the Moores lived there 20 years ago. (I had Chris and Calvin.) I learned through Calvin and Gaye of the twins arrival. Please know that I'm praying for you, and for Karis and her caregivers at the hospital.

    In Christ,

  4. You don't know me but I couldn't read this and not offer my prayers and gentle hugs. I'm praying for your little girl and remembering your sweet little boy.

  5. I got your information through a prayer chain. Your story reminds me a lot of what I went through with my now 6 1/2 year old girl named Jadyn who started off as a micro-preemie. Girls are fighters in the NICU! I continue to pray for Karis Masami's grade 1 bleed and that it will not only disappear but that it will stay gone. Something that helped me out a lot through times in the antepartum and into the NICU was to be like a duck. Take what they tell you with a grain of salt and let the rest fall off your back like water on a duck. I will also be praying that the medicine fully closes her PDA. That her lungs will continue to strengthen and that her time on the ventilator will be short. Praying that her infection will clean out and her body becomes a warrior against all pathogens. Praying for the doctors and nurses, that God gives them wisdom and that He works through them. I also pray that God will heal you and your husband’s hearts and make them stronger than ever as you get through this rough patch.