The Auer Family
Archer was born in the morning at home. The midwife knew something was wrong right away, and an ambulance was called. Anna and babe were rushed to Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children's where the care team went into action to diagnose, treat and stabilize their sweet boy. Gastroschisis is a short Google search away; but to sum it up, it is a defect of the baby's abdominal wall. Archer's intestines (and also his Liver) were found outside of his belly at birth, exited through a hole beside his belly button. Depending on severity, treatment can be weeks to several months. Unfortunately, Archer's defect is severe. Along with his diagnosis, Archer's lungs are also severely underdeveloped. He is unable to breath on his own. His situation is critical, and the family asks for your constant thoughts and prayers.
As for Anna, Chris and Eleanor, they are being supported by some very loving friends and devoted family. Leaving the hospital without a baby is a nightmare no parent prepares for, and with the world complicated by Covid-19, they are even more burdened by the state of affairs of visiting their baby, along with caring for Eleanor. The family is thankful for your meals & gifts... but mostly your love and prayers for them. They are on a difficult journey, but they are hopeful.