Featured Cherub: Joshua Moran Lopez
Featured Cherub of the week is cherub Joshua Moran Lopez. Joshua is the son of Sam and Jennifer Moran Lopez and has one brother, Jacob. In honor of Joshua’s 10th birthday back in October, his mom put together a video of his life and to raise CDH Awareness.
His mom wrote this message about the video she created for his birthday, “10 years ago, at this very time we were headed to Emanuel hospital for the birth of our first child! Something I had always dreamed of. Every parents dream come true! But for us, it was different. We were excited, but there were so many unknowns. I have to say, the second half of my pregnancy was very, very stressful. I cried every day, the fear that the doctors put in me that my son would not make it was very hard to comprehend. I was young, wanted so badly to be a mother, was carrying my first child, yet I didn’t even know if I would even get to bring him home with us. Leading up to this day, every day for four months it was all I could think about. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up stories about other CDH babies. There were more sad stories than happy endings. I didn’t know what to think. I knew the only thing we could do was continue praying and trusting that God had a plan, in hopes that that plan was what I was hoping and praying it would be. Looking back on that day, even though I had been worrying all day every day, the day of a Joshua’s birth, I felt at peace, like everything was going to be okay. I trusted in God that He had it all under control. Looking back at that day, I really don’t think I ever worried or thought about the fact that he might not make it. I felt at peace that he was going to be okay.
He was born not breathing and blue, they took him immediately and intubated him. Sam got to go be with him for his first few minutes of life. They then wheeled me past him, I got to reach my hand over and touch my baby boy and then was told that he was exhausted and we could not put him under any more stress so they took me to my room. We woke up the next day and got to go see him! The first time we got to hold him was at 5 days old, they handed him to us on a pillow because he was too fragile to hold. We both got a turn holding him before they took him away to hopefully save his life. They were able to move all of his intestines through the hole in his diaphragm and close the hole without a patch, which was the best case scenario! He was in the NICU for 33 days and then we were able to bring him home! There have been some scary moments over the years when he gets sick and has breathing trouble, but for the most part he lives a pretty normal life and we are so thankful for him!!! The doctors say he only has 1 and 1/4 lungs because your lungs do not develop after you are born because they were smashed from all of his intestines so they did not fully develop, but if you have ever seen him run you would believe otherwise. He is a living miracle and proof that miracles do exist!!
I know I share his story often, so thank you if you took the time to read this! I get messages from people from time to time that find me because of his story and say that his story is an inspiration and gives them hope, which is what I was searching for when I was pregnant with him. If his story helps just one other family then I am glad I shared it!
Happy Birthday baby boy, I hope you live 90 more years! You are going to do great things in life! You are such an amazing kid!!!!!”
Here is the link to Joshua’s video, https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.moranlopez/videos/10217038450696503/