Kidney, Bladder, Lung, Amniotic Fluid Disorders

A Saint In Our Midst

By John C. Schmidt

My wife Jennifer and I have two healthy, active boys: Jacob, 6, and John Paul, 3.

In July 2006, when we learned that we had another child, we were excited and thought we knew exactly what to expect. However, at 13 weeks our obstetrician had difficulty detecting the baby’s heartbeat, so we had a sonogram. When Jennifer saw our gorgeous, tiny baby kicking away, all seemed fine.

Caden’s Story

We learned we were expecting our third child in early December of 2007. We were excited and filled with anticipation. On March 30, 2008, at our 20-week routine sonogram, we were told that our baby didn’t have any fluid around him. This meant that when he was born, he would likely only live for a few minutes to a few hours, if he lived at all, because his lungs would be unable to form due to the lack of fluid in the womb.