The Woodward News


September 25, 2013

Rogers family this year's ambassador for March of Dimes



Looking back, Steven said, "It's funny though to think of a little 4-pound baby named Tank."

But what seems humorous now, was scary 3-and-a-half years ago.

Especially when the Rogers had no idea their son might be born early until the doctor had ordered the emergency C-section.

On Jan. 12, 2013, Rachelle said she was 32 weeks and 5 days into her pregnancy when she noticed some unusual spotting.

She was concerned and called her doctor.

"She told me to go to the Woodward hospital and have an ultrasound just to check things out," Rachelle said.  "So I did and I knew something was wrong during the ultrasound."

However, she said the medical officials couldn't really tell her anything until a doctor had reviewed the ultrasound and so they sent her home.

But after the doctor reviewed the ultrasound, she said, "they called me back in and put me on the monitors and said they were going to keep me overnight for observation."

"First off they told us they were just keeping her overnight just as a precaution, so we stayed not thinking anything real serious.  We had no idea our son would be born the next day," Steven said.

"It ended up that I had a silent placental abruption," Rachelle said.

A placental abruption is when the placenta, which surrounds and provides nourishment to the baby in the womb, tears away from the uterine wall prior to delivery of the baby.  Rachelle said hers was "silent" because she didn't really experience any of the typical symptoms associated with placental abruption.

A placental abruption can be dangerous both to mother and child, which is why doctors had admitted Rachelle to the hospital.

"They did another ultrasound in the morning to see if it tore anymore and it had, so they had to do an emergency C-section," Rachelle said.

Originally, she said doctors said she would have the option being flown to OU Children's Hospital to have the surgery or to go ahead and have it in Woodward and the baby alone would be flown out.  

"It was such a scary time for our family, knowing that the Woodward hospital didn't have the resources to deal with a newborn in NICU, but at the same time there were concerns with trying to fly her out," Steven said.

But then it became quickly apparent that she couldn't afford to wait for the helicopter.

"There was not an option to fly at all in the end, because if I would've fully abrupted in flight then they could have lost both me and the baby," Rachelle said.

By that time local physician Dr. Kenan Kirkendall had stepped in and he performed the C-section on the morning of Jan. 13, 2010.

"Dr. Kirkendall then did an umbilical line on Kyler to get him ready for the flight to OU Children's," Rachelle said.

Steven said they didn't realize how important this was until after Kyler had arrived at OU Children's.

"That first night the neonatologist came in and said that they had 88 babies in the NICU and didn't have one who came in that came in with as good of care as Kyler did.  And that was because of the umbilical line that Dr. Kirkendall had done," Steven said.  "He said he didn't know who Dr. Kirkendall was, but that Woodward was lucky to have a doctor with his capabilities.  I thought that was such a huge prop for Woodward Regional Hospital and a real blessing for our family."

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