On October 26, 2009, and at a mere 1 lb. 10 ounces, Logan Ditmore was born extremely premature but with an insurmountable strength. Named after Marvel Comics' character Wolverine, and nicknamed by the medical staff, Mr. Titanium, little Logan was a fighter.
Shortly after birth, Logan took residence in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. On November 7, as his mom, Lori, was running errands, his dad Jarrod walked into the NICU after a lunch with his own mother, witnessing his son in crisis and the life-saving procedure that what was later described as a "true miracle."
Experiencing an unanticipated cardiac tamponade
, Logan was in duress. He had no heartbeat. A buildup of fluid in his little body between the heart muscle and the outer covering sac of the heart was keeping it from beating. “Being in the NICU, you get an idea of what's good and what's not," said Jarrod. "When I walked in and saw 10 people surrounding Logan, I assumed the worst."
The care team, including Valerie Newman
, M.D., a neonatologist at Randall Children’s Hospital
, was actively working to save Logan's life. Within minutes of seeing Logan, Dr. Newman knew what was happening, acting swiftly to remove the fluid that was keeping his heart from functioning. Within a few minutes, his heartbeat was back. A few seconds later, another beat. Then the rhythm came back, maintaining a constant beat. "Once his heart started beating, you could see the relief on everyone's face," said Jarrod. "It was a very intense moment but once they got it back, you could hear a collective sigh."
After spending three months in the NICU, Logan went home. His parents stated they were so impressed with his care team, not only during their stay but also once he was home. "Everyone was really great, from start to finish," said Lori. "The moment we were home, we were provided support and services needed that would help Logan as he grew." Throughout their experience, Lori and Jarrod felt like everyone was pulling for Logan and that it was going to work out.
Although his entrance into this world was not without some turbulence, now seven-year-old Logan is a vibrant, smart, and loving little boy who is described to do a lot of good in this world. "There is this brightness and light about him," said Lori. "He was brought here for a purpose."
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