Rydon’s parents believe in miracles. They watched their preemie son fight for his life with the aid of doctors and nurses in two hospitals and the prayers of family and friends each breath of the way.
Now, the Bouck’s are like thousands of families from Fort McMurray, forced from their homes by a raging fire. Mother’s Day was supposed to be Rydon’s dedication in Ft Mac. Undaunted, the Bouck family with gather with their Family Christian Centre family and the North Pointe Community Church family to dedicate Rydon to a God who sees us through the fire.
“Thanks again to everyone at North Pointe for your prayers and support. Words cannot describe how blessed we feel to have come so far.”
Looking at Rydon now, you’d never know the journey he’s been on, so read about it below.
Rydon Bouck faced more dire circumstances at 25 weeks old than most people experience in 25 years or an entire lifetime.
On January 13, 2015, Rydon Harold was born to Kolby and Elise Bouck – son #3. Elise had endured a very difficult pregnancy, including fourteen weeks of bed rest. Rydon was a “micro-preemie.” He weighed 1lb, 15oz.
His middle name, Harold, was for his great-grandfather who passed away suddenly just after Elise learned she was pregnant. Rydon was the baby of hope who helped carry the family through grief. Now he needed help to get through his first weeks out of the womb.
One Month Young
Since birth, Rydon has needed the help of a ventilation machine to breathe. One morning all of the machine’s settings were completely maxed out. The nurse treating him appeared somewhat concerned to Elise. “I’ll have the medical team come speak to you as soon as they finish their rounds.”
An x-ray showed that his upper right lung was partially collapsed. His left lung wasn’t looking very good. He had chronic lung disease. His future suddenly didn’t look good.
As a last resort they tried him on a jet machine, which delivers 100’s of puffs of air per minute into the lungs. That machine too maxed out with little change in Rydon’s condition. Further x-rays showed he had developed “Necrotizing Enterocolitis” (NEC) – a bacterial infection that eats away at a preemie’s intestines.
In the most premature babies like Rydon, more than 50% die from NEC.
“Lord, Heal Him”
The next day doctors gave the family three options – all of which had a high likelihood of the same, unacceptable outcome. He vital signs were dangerously low. The physicians were concerned that Rydon’s organs were dying or dead.
Elise’s mother looked over to her and said, “They didn’t give us option four. We’re choosing option four. Option four is to pray to our mighty God. He is an Almighty healer and he can carry Rydon through this.”
We pleaded the blood of Jesus over him and prayed, “Lord heal him. Put new living tissue in him.”
Within two hours of that prayer Rydon’s vitals began to come back. He was weaned off his medication and the jet machine. Shortly after he was well enough for transport to the Stollery Children’s Hospital for surgery.
When the surgeon saw him he said this couldn’t be the same baby he heard about the day before. “When I hear about babies that sick the outcome usually isn’t very good. Rydon is not a surgical patient.”
After a week in the Stollery he was deemed well enough to be transferred back to the hospital staff who initially cared for him. They were amazed at his condition. “What did they do differently for him?”
Kolby and Elise know that their journey is not over. There will be bumps in the road ahead. Rydon has since undergone surgery to remove scar tissue, a portion of his intestine and his appendix.
The Boucks are deeply indebted to the care he has received from the Stollery and the Royal Alexandra hospital staff and the prayer of family, friends and believers.
“We know that God has brought us through. We know that whatever happens He will pull Rydon through.”
On August 21st – “We had a sleep study a couple of weeks ago and the respiratory therapist said that it looked good. We just need to make a follow-up appointment with our pediatrician now to see if we can discontinue his oxygen. He last weighed in at 12.5lbs this week.”
On September 25th – “Rydon’s pediatrician is impressed with his progress. He is hitting all the milestones that full-term babies do, which the doctor said is rare for preemies. Thank you North Pointe for your prayers.”
Kolby and Elise and their families are grateful for the care they received at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Also to those around the world who are praying for Rydon. Thank you!
As of October 30, 2015 – “Rydon is now 9.5 months old (6 months adjusted).
He last weighed in at 14.5lbs and is 24 inches long. We went to the Glenrose Hospital today for his neonatal follow up clinic. He was assessed by audiology, a dietitian, a physiotherapist and a pediatrician. They all said that he is growing and developing as expected. There are no concerns with him and we repeat the follow up again in one year.
He will also be starting solids this week. (Can’t believe we are there already!)”
At Christmas he’ll be celebrated as a miracle – a precious gift of answered prayer from God.
CLICK HERE to see a brief testimony video of Rydon’s life from Elise.
APPLICATION: Please take a moment to pray and to leave a comment for Rydon, Kolby and Elise. Thank you.
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