Bronson Michael Mcphail was born on August 31st 2016 7lbs 5oz a healthy baby boy!
In the next coming weeks we didn't know our life was going to be turned upside down for the worst, we brought Bronson into children’s at 19 days old when he was just not himself he was very pale and irritable, the doctors at children’s proceeded with doing numerous tests and finally determined that Bronson had a form of Meningitis. They were trying to make a decision on to either send us to the PICU or upstairs to one of the units, however Bronson's heart rate changed and that was the deciding factor. So off to the PICU where we stayed in isolation for 2 weeks. Along with more tests and MRI's they told us Bronson had E.coli bacteria Meningitis which caused some brain damage.
They did another MRI to see what kind of damage was done, Once we got the MRI results it showed that the brain damage was quite spread out instead of localized and there was quiet extensive amount of damage to the interior core, the sever part of that is that it controls important body controls like core temperature regulation, heart beat, breathing and as well the motor skills the things that we don’t have to think about doing. They told us that seeing the results from this MRI that he may not survive the next 24-48 hours. But Bronson was not going to give up now, he pulled through not only the next 24-48 hours but the next 16 months!!!!
We spent a total of 56 days at Alberta’s Children Hospital with numerous tests x-rays and MRI's, Bronson was such a trooper through it all, he was on antibiotics, seizure medications, feeding and breathing tubes, within a couple months we got the all clear that the E.coli Meningitis was gone, as well as the puss pockets and blood clots.
What we face today with Bronson are his motor skills, sitting up, crawling, standing up walking, and talking, as he’s not doing most of these he is a very happy, charming boy that has the drive to succeed. We don’t know what his future really looks like however I know its going to be a great one!!!
Bronson is here with us because of the critical care, neurology and infectious disease teams. He was the youngest child to be given one particular drug and this has sparked research using his case. His case also was used in simulation to teach medical interns and will hopefully help in the care of others.
We are so thankful for the care that he got at the Alberta Children's Hospital. If it wasn't for all the Doctors, Nurses and other staff members we may not be where we are today!!!
Thank you for your support
Garvin, Kayla & Bronson