Early this month, parents Emma and Caleb Hawkins were faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make. They were asked whether or not to take their baby boy, Isaac Hawkins, off of life support. Baby Isaac was born prematurely earlier this year. After a stay in the hospital he was cleared to go home, but has since suffered from a number of serious health problems.
In August Isaac was transferred to a children’s hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee after he suffered a seizure. Doctors discovered that the little boy had sustained brain damage and his health continued to deteriorate through suffering a collapsed lung and continued strokes and seizures.
However, when it was time to turn off his life support, baby Isaac proved he’s not done yet with this world.
On September 9, Emma Hawkins posted an update to her Facebook explaining, “Yesterday the doctor gave us an impossible choice to make. They told us our son would never be able to have any normal function again from his brain injury.”
“They told us that without the ventilator he would never breathe or swallow or cry again. They asked if we wanted to leave him on life support or remove his vents to let him pass peacefully. Our hearts were so broken but we made the choice to take him off his ventilator and remove the tube that kept him breathing. We didn’t want our baby boy to suffer anymore.”
Emma and Caleb knew they had to decide with their child’s best interests at heart. The heartbroken parents and family members prepared themselves to say goodbye to their baby.
“Family gathered to say goodbyes and the time came when we took the tube out,” the post continues. “They told us the chance of him surviving was so slim with the amount of brain injury and with part of his lung collapsed, they expected him to die probably within the evening.
“But they don’t know the miracles of our God. As of right now, our little boy is completely off oxygen and is breathing perfectly.
“He’s taking his pacifier and can even swallow things. He’s crying and looking/ moving around. The doctors said he can’t but God is saying he will! We’re not anywhere close to being out of the fire yet but He’s taking care of us while we’re in it!”
Baby Isaac is truly trying to fight the hardest for his life and now Emma’s asking for all our prayers. “Keep praying for miracles for our little Isaac! He’s a fighter and God is in his corner!” she said.
An updated post from Isaac’s GoFundMe Page states that the boy continues to survive despite brain swelling. The post states, “In regards to the MRI we were a little off on our timing, but those results showed some blood on the brain, some brain damage, and that little Isaac could possibly have Cerebral Palsy. This is only a possibility. Remember God is control, ALWAYS! We will send out another update after the procedure today. We are truly blessed to still have Isaac here with us, thanks to God, and all of your prayers.”
We are sending our prayers and best wishes for a quick recovery to baby Isaac Hawkins.
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