GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (April 28, 2014)– Two parents in Hastings are counting their blessings to have three healthy children. Mallorie Shrock and her family agreed to serve as the Ambassador Family for the Grand Rapids “March for Babies” supporting the March of Dimes. The organization fights to end premature births and birth defects while promoting the health of babies everywhere.
The Shrocks are sharing the story of their 2-year-old son Gatlyn who beat the odds, thanks to research and support from the organization. Watch the video above to learn more.
To learn about upcoming “March For Babies” across West Michigan, click here.
The following information was provided by the March of Dimes:
On August 14, 2011 Mallorie Schrock was awakened in the early morning hours to discover that her water had broken. She was only 20 weeks pregnant with her third child. Mallorie and her husband, Jesse, rushed to the hospital where they had planned to deliver their baby, but then decided to transfer to Spectrum Health Hospital, which specializes in high risk pregnancies and had a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Mallorie started on antibiotics and was to go on strict bed rest at home. The couple’s goal was to be able to carry the baby to at least 23 weeks for the best chance of survival. After four days in the hospital and two weeks at home on bed rest, Mallorie was admitted to the hospital at 23 weeks gestation. On October 9, 2011, after 5 weeks on bed rest,
Gatlyn Tobias made his debut via c-section. Gatlyn was 28 weeks and gave a little cry shortly after his arrival. Mallorie was unable to hold him as he needed to be evaluated and quickly put on CPAP. After a very long morning Jesse, was finally able to meet his son.
At two weeks old, Gatlyn took a turn for the worse. He began showing signs of infection. He was treated with antibiotics and seemed to respond only to relapse and was diagnosed with NEC (Necrotizing Entercolitis). Gatlyn was put on several different ventilators trying to help him fight the infection and avoid surgery. However, on November 9 four week-old Gatlyn was rushed into emergency surgery for an exploratory laparotomy. Doctors removed over half his small intestine. A small stoma was placed so that his small intestine could heal.
The next couple of weeks were up and down. Gatlyn’s stoma take down was on December 22, 2011 and during that surgery the surgeon ended up taking his appendix as well. Gatlyn also had difficulty with reflux, the decision was made to have a nissen g-tube surgery where a feeding tube was placed. On April 11, 2012 after 185 days in the NICU, Mallorie and Jesse were able to bring Gatlyn home. Gatlyn still struggles to gain weight and still is in need of his feeding tube. At age two, Gatlyn was diagnosed with Deplegic Cerebral Palsy (CP), and is currently doing three types of therapies to help keep him on track. “When I look at Gatlyn I don’t see a boy who has struggles. I see a boy who is evidence of a true miracle. I see the wonderful doc-tors, nurses, secretaries and volunteers that have been involved in this boy’s journey.” Mallorie expressed. The on-going research to end premature birth, infant death and birth defects continues for the March of Dimes.