After just 24 weeks, God decided that it was time for Malachi to be born. Malachi came out without a heartbeat at just 1 pound 12 ounces. After 15 long minutes of CPR he began to fight, and hasn’t stopped since!The oxygen deprivation caused his brain to hemorrhage on both sides resulting in Grade 4 bleeds (the worst on the scale). We were told that Malachi’s quality of life would be very poor and we were given the opportunity to discontinue life saving care. Jake and I have always felt that Malachi’s future rests in the hands of God and we chose life for our son.
Our road is not easy and Malachi has many challenges. His main diagnoses include Hydrocephalus with a VP shunt, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment, Epilepsy, Severe Reflux, and multiple orthopedic abnormalities. He has had 12 surgeries and several hospitalizations but has continued life with a smile on his face. Although he is very cognitively and developmentally impaired, he is still a very intelligent little boy who can express his likes and dislikes and communicate in his own way. And Malachi loves music with a passion.
This blog serves as my personal journal so that I can remember how far the Lord has brought the Carroll family. Some entries may bore you while others give you more information than you care to know, but it has been an outlet for me to put my thoughts into print. Thank you for taking the time to pray for more miracles for Malachi.
To view journal entries from the first three years of Malachi’s life, visit https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/malachicarroll