The parents named the baby boy after the doctor who treated his mother, Novel Coronavirus

2022-05-06 0 By

Diana Crouch, 28, and Chris Crouch, 37, welcomed a baby boy in November and named him Cameron, after one of Diana’s doctors.The couple thanked Dr. Cameron Dezfulian, medical director of adult congenital heart disease in the ICU at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, for helping to save Diana and Cameron’s lives.It all started in late July, when the couple traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate their anniversary.While it should have been a fun time, Diana told Good Morning America that she had a “really bad headache” during the entire trip.Diana was 18 weeks pregnant at the time, and after they returned home to Kingwood, Texas, she said she, too, had developed a fever.At first, Diana said, her obstetrician thought she might become dehydrated and advised her to drink plenty of water and take Tylenol.When the symptoms didn’t subside, Diana consulted with her OB again, who suggested she go to the emergency room.Diana learned of her Novel Coronavirus positive test at their local emergency room, when neither she nor her husband had been vaccinated.Emergency room doctors told her to “maintain a fever and eat healthy,” she said, and to use a pulse oximeter to track her oxygen levels and make sure they didn’t drop too low.Diana didn’t get better, and by the end of the first week of August, Chris drove Diana back to the emergency room for another evaluation.”This time, they said her lungs looked like pneumonia,” Chris recalled.”Then they had to admit her, but she needed treatment, and they had to find a hospital, so they found the Texas Women and Children’s Pavilion.”Diana’s stay at Texas Children’s Hospital was difficult, to say the least.She has Novel Coronavirus pneumonia, and, according to Doctor Dezfulian, “the whole lung is sick.””She was in a unique situation where she was 18 weeks pregnant and she wasn’t at a stage where she could deliver, which didn’t necessarily seem to help,” Dezfulian said.”If the pregnancy is further along, then moving helps mum a lot because it has space.But here, that’s not the case at all.”During her first two weeks at Texas Children’s, Diana was sedate and placed on a ventilator, but her condition did not improve.Then, Chris and her doctor had to make the difficult decision to put her on ECMO or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is often considered a last resort.”We use ECMO to pump blood out of the heart, usually the right atrium……,” Dezfulian explainsWe pump it through this artificial lung, which basically gives it oxygen and blows out carbon dioxide, so it does what a lung would normally do.And then we shoot it back into the right heart, back into the right ventricle, so that it can pump into the lungs, so that if the lungs themselves are essentially useless.In this case, that’s what’s happening, because they’ve just been very sick.”Diana stayed on ECMO for eight weeks, during which time she experienced multiple complications, including clotting.It was a very emotional ordeal for Chris and their family.He told “GMA” that he and his father-in-law witnessed her have a heart attack, multiple seizures and stroke on a particularly severe day in September.”She was lying there after the stroke.And he hasn’t moved in three days.I told Dr. Cameron that if she started waking up, I knew we’d walk out of this hospital.The next day she woke up.”Diana gradually improved with medication and different treatments, but by 31 weeks, Dezfulian noticed her condition was “expanding,” so doctors decided it was time for a C-section.Her son, Cameron Andrew Crouch, was due to be born on January 9, but was born in November 2021 due to COVID-19.”For me and her parents, we’re all Christians, and we really find it amazing,” Reflected Dezfulian as she reflected on Diana’s journey with baby Cameron.”We prayed a lot and we felt God was helping us because there were no textbooks on these things.We have to make some very hard choices that could easily go badly wrong.However, they didn’t.”The doctor was also quick to point out that he was not the only one who helped save Diana’s and Cameron’s lives.”At least 35 different services have helped take care of her during her time here, which is really remarkable,” Dezfulian said.”You can’t do this kind of complex care without a real team, and we have an incredible team there.”Diana spent about four and a half months in the hospital, but can’t remember how much.Last month, she was transferred to Houston Methodist Hospital, where she was finally released in December.Seven weeks later, despite her busy life with her mixed family, she is adjusting well.She and Chris, who are the parents and step-parents of a total of five children, say he has never been infected with Novel Coronavirus.Cameron is their second child together.”It’s crazy,” Diana said. “I mean, I can’t complain, I just cherish every moment.””It’s like crying, screaming, all that stuff, it doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t bother me now.”