of children with special needs know more than most that every child is a
gift worthy of thanks, every one, the ones who thrive and the ones who
strive, whether they become our legacy or we become theirs. But on those
days when there doesn't seem much to be thankful for, or others are
suggesting that your child must be just a burden, or well-meaning people
suggest giving thanks just for healthy kids. Your blessings will always
be fully counted. Other parents may take the gifts that their children
bring for granted. Not you. Not ever.
Wishing you all a Happy
Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, memories and blessings.
Noah Mitchell Warden was born December 23, 2008, weighing 9lbs and 1oz by emergency c-section at 8:51am. Noah did not breathe or have a heartbeat for the first 13 minutes of his life. He was taken to Children's Hospital in order to have a procedure done known as brain cooling in attempts to minimize damage caused by perinatal asphyxia. Noah's brain cooled for 72 hours after which time the hospital ran an MRI and an EEG to determine the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, the results came back with devastating news. Noah had suffered "global damage" to his brain. As a result the prognosis was grim. They said Noah would mostly likely never walk, talk, eat or even breathe on his own. Today, Noah has the diagnosis of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy resulting in spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy with athetoid movements. Noah's miracle has brought our story to all of you.