When he cries, it's a blessing
Most parents hate to hear their children cry, but not Aimee Aguilar.
"When he cries, it's a blessing; it's a good feeling," Aguilar said Wednesday as she prepared to take her son, Jordan, home after a monthlong hospital stay at Fargo MeritCare.
Aguilar was two days past her due date on May 3 when her vehicle was stuck by another vehicle near Mahnomen, Minn. Jordan was delivered by an emergency Caesarean section, but the impact from the crash caused Aguilar's placenta to separate from him.
The baby lost oxygen and doctors initially said he was unlikely to survive.
"He came in very, very ill and actually we weren't sure that he was going to make it," said Candace Cox, a neonatal nurse practitioner who has been caring for Jordan. "And since that time, he's made progress every day."
Significant milestones so far have included breathing on his own, tolerating feedings and maintaining a temperature in an open crib, Cox said.
Jordan was sent home with a feeding tube, but it's more precautionary than anything, Cox said. Aguilar, 20, said he's made progress during recent feedings, but he still has a long way to go.
She's also noticed changes in how much he moves around, saying he is now kicking and moving his arms, which greatly surpassed initial expectations.
"He wasn't even going to be able to do any of this and every day he's showing us something new and he's getting better at it every day - at everything he's able to do right now," Aguilar said. "There's still a lot of unknowns ... it's just a waiting game. There's a lot we don't know - whether he can walk, talk, just things like that."
The Aguilars are looking forward to introducing their newest family member to their 2-year-old daughter, who hasn't yet met Jordan. They also plan to move from Detroit Lakes to Mahnomen.
Jordan's father, Joe, 36, said the entire experience has been an emotional roller coaster, especially when the couple initially had to prepare to lose their son.
"I think the first two weeks was fear and a lot of tears," he said.
How to help
- A benefit account has been set up for the Aguilar family under the name of Jordan's aunt.
Donations can be sent to:
Jordan James Aguilar
c/o the Pamela Kohler Benefit Account
115 Holmes St. E.
P.O. Box 827
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502