Little Boy Wonder: Part 2

Greyson with his Mom and Dad

This is part 2 of 2 of Wendy and Edward Keenan’s journey after discovering that their unborn son had intestinal atresia and would need lifesaving surgery just hours after birth. Make sure you read Little Boy Wonder: Part 1 to get the story from the beginning.

Newborn Greyson was taken by ambulance, with Dad Edward and the Children’s Transport team, to the Neonatal ICU where the neonatal team waited for him.

Greyson underwent more extensive diagnostic testing, including an X-ray with contrast dye to locate the obstruction’s position. Wendy was waiting for him as soon as the surgery was done.

Joseph Murphy, M.D., a general surgeon at Children’s, performed the intestinal obstruction repair, leaving only a small incision on the belly button and a breathing tube that was removed shortly after surgery.

Tender Loving Care

Specialists in the Neonatal ICU cared for Greyson for the next eight days. As they monitored his incision and kept a close watch on his intestine, he initially received all of his nutrition through a central line. As his intestine recovered, Wendy’s breast milk was introduced slowly.

It was amazing. Everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable,” says Wendy. “They were great with our baby and really good with me and my husband.

“Every day someone asked what they could do for us. As a new mom, I appreciated their flexibility and help with breastfeeding.”

A healthy Greyson now acts like a typical newborn. And most importantly, Wendy soaks up as many tender moments of holding him as possible.

The Children’s Transport team loads Greyson into the ambulance only a couple of hours after birth.

The Children’s transport team wheels newborn Greyson Keenan into the NICU.

Greyson rests on the way to the Children’s NICU, where he will be greeted by a team awaiting his arrival.

Greyson improves as he is treated in the Children’s NICU.

Wendy Keenan feeds her baby boy his first bottle at Children’s.

Wendy plays with Greyson before heading home.

Wendy holds 7-week-old Greyson at home, a happy and healthy baby now.

Greyson’s beads of courage tell the story of his first days of life as each bead comemmorates milestones he achieved during treatment.

Edward Keenan, Greyson’s dad, cherishes every moment spent with Greyson at home.

Update From Dad

Greyson Keenan - Recent“Greyson is a very happy 7 month old and always has a smile on his face, unless it is 6:30 p.m., which is the bedtime he set on his own. He loves to explore, and he wants to grab everything and put it in his mouth. If he sees something that he wants, he will find a way to get it! He loves to eat, and we have yet to find baby food that he doesn’t like. Greyson is also very strong and has been sitting on his own for some time. He is so active and mobile. He rolls all over and scoots, too. He loves puppets and his dog, Shiloh.”

— Edward Keenan, Greyson’s dad

6 Vital Ways to Cope if Your Newborn Needs Intensive Care

For some babies, the Neonatal ICU is their first nursery — the place where they learn new sights and sounds. For parents, it can be a roller-coaster ride filled with emotionally wrenching ups and downs. These stress-relieving tips will help you navigate the new waters.

  1. Keep a journal. Doing this can be therapeutic and is an effective way to remember all you and baby have overcome.
  2. Establish a routine. Balance your outside life and visiting the hospital. Allow yourself to leave baby’s side when you can. Yes, the infant needs you, but you need time to regroup, as well.
  3. Express yourself. It’s OK to cry and share how you feel with others.
  4. Connect with other patents in the neonatal ICU. They can be your support group at
    your home away from home.
  5. Celebrate when you can. Make every milestone, small and large, a reason to celebrate.
  6. Accept the support of others. Tell people what you need and the best ways to help you.

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