Continuing our story series from the Miracle Weekend telethon broadcast, where we asked the online audience to submit their stories in which they have been involved with Children’s Hospital, we introduce Ryder Squires, a young boy full of determination.
Ryder is never without a smile. He is someone who is so full of life it’s hard to believe that he was once fighting for his life.
Born premature at 35 weeks, Ryder went into respiratory distress in his first 24 hours of life. The medical team at the local Castlegar hospital did everything they could to help him, but understood they needed the support and expertise of BC Children’s Hospital. Airlifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Children’s and Women’s as soon as he was stable enough to move, Ryder was intubated for three days. He underwent multiple MRIs, ultra sounds, X-Rays, and blood work, which lead Ryder’s medical team to diagnose him with pulmonary hypertension and place him on a ventilator, treating him with nitric oxide, which works by relaxing and dilating blood vessels, especially in the lungs.
Ryder stay in the NICU for 10 days. “It was hard not being able to hold Ryder for the first five days with all the tubes and lines,” recollects Jesse Squires on the biggest challenge during that 10 day hospitalization. But the treatment started to work and happiness came when finally, the Squire family was able to take Ryder home.
Though follow-up appointments at the respiratory and neurology clinic continue today, the Jesse and Ryder’s dad, Rob, are grateful every time Ryder smiles. “Thank you [Children’s and Women’s Hospital], you truly do work miracles.”
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