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“I love him as he is”: The family shares the joy of having children born without the skull

HEART HEATING Owen has acalvaria, an extremely rare malformation consisting of the absence of skull and facial legs. SPRINGFIELD, Mo.…

HEART HEATING

Owen has acalvaria, an extremely rare malformation consisting of the absence of skull and facial legs.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Correction: The original version of this story had incorrect information about when On Angels Wing photographer Michelle Renfro began chronicling family travel. Renfro first took pictures of Mastersons after Owen was born. Sometimes the doctors are wrong. Like when Tom and Jessica Masterson – for 24 weeks pregnant – was told that their children probably would not survive the pregnancy.
If their children do it in the long term, the doctors warned, he would definitely not survive the birthright. And if the child in any way survives the birth, Mastersons would not have much time with him. “He will not be consistent with life,” Tom Masterson recalled a doctor’s word. “He will not survive this.” Tom signed up to baby Owen, now a year old, as he told the story. Tom Masterson keeps his one-year-old son Owen home on Thursday, October 1

1, 2018. Owen was born missing the upper part of his skull and was not expected to survive the birth. (Photo: Nathan Papes / News-Leader) Owen has acalvaria, an extremely rare malformation consisting of absence of skull and facial legs. Owen has no skull over his eyebrows and ears to protect his brain. When the condition was detected under ultrasound after 24 weeks, the doctors were not sure if Owen had a skin covering his brain. “Our pastor had come to the hospital before he was born and could pray with us,” Tom continued. “We felt convinced that God would do something that Owen had a very specific purpose. We did not know what it was. But we felt it was a special purpose for him. “Owens purpose is, according to his parents, simply this: share his story of hope and faithfulness with others.” It’s definitely challenging, but I would not change him, “said Jessica, chopping Owen in her arms as she has to do for today’s better part.” I love him as he is. “Her husband agreed.” We are so grateful for him, “said tom.” I’m so glad we’ll experience this. And we do not know what it looks like long term. The doctors are like, “We are ready to tell you. We do not know. We have not been right yet so we will stop talking about it.”
Owen doctor told the family that he found about 10 cases where a child has survived more than a few hours of acalvary. Owen celebrated his 1 year birthday earlier this month. “We have been chosen to get him” Tom and Jessica Masterson, both from the Jefferson City area, found jobs in the Springfield area not long after graduating from Missouri State University. Tom landed a teacher’s job with Springfield Public Schools and later employed as deputy principal. He is currently in charge of Jeffries Elementary. Jessica was employed as a speech therapist at the Early Childhood Center, but chose to leave that position to take care of Owen. Three years ago, they entered a 2-year-old named Ryleigh. They have since adopted her. The couple had a miscarriage not long before they became pregnant again in 2016. With Owen, Mastersons said that they were happy when they reached 20 weeks of age and had an ultrasound to learn the sex of the child. They were told that it was a boy, but technicians could not see the child’s head. “They just said,” We did not see everything so see you again. “And we were like,” okay. “We had no idea there was concern,” said Tom. “Then at 24 weeks they told us.” The guy did the ultrasound and told us, “Hi, the doctor will be talking to you in a minute,” Tom told. “We knew immediately.” A foster care staff came into the room trying to explain about the child’s “very abnormal brain development”. The couple said they had not in any way reinforced what the doctor said. “They were unable to diagnose, but they could say there was a substantial absence of skull,” said Tom. “I went out.” With her husband on the floor, Jessica said she “just tried to treat – this is what they are telling for us? “The doctor suggested that they went to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis had a second opinion. That’s where, in 27 weeks, Mastersons had a fetal MR and was told that the child had an acalvary.
“They had told us he would not survive,” said Tom. Jessica Masterson keeps his first-year son Owen home on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Owen was born missing the upper part of his skull and was not expected to survive the birth. Papes / News-Leader) Mastersons were told to end pregnancy under these circumstances, although she was over 20 weeks, was something they could consider. “We just did not say absolutely. That’s not something we will consider remotely, “said Tom.” We do not really know what this will look like but this is our baby. We have been chosen to get him. So we will do everything we can to love him as long as we get him. “After hearing that the child would not probably survive the pregnancy, Jessica said she feared her maturity. She loved the feeling that Owen was moving in her stomach and did not want to lose it.” I felt like he was in the womb, he is sure, “she said.” I can not do anything when he is born or after he is born. … I was like, “He can only stay.” “All this came just a few weeks after Mastersons shared their” It’s Boy “news on Facebook. Now they had more news to share. An On Angels Wings photographer took this photo of Tom , Jessica, Owen and Ryleigh Masterson when Owen reached 6 months. (Photo: Michelle Renfro / On Angels Wings) “We shared on Facebook and it was more like,” We really do not want a mass I’m sorrys “, he reminds us of Its May 26, 2017 post. “We really wanted people to suck down and pray for us, pray for Owen.” Even though the forecast was dim, Tom said they expressed hope that the doctors were wrong and that their children would be born well. They continued to pray.Back on Mercy in Springfield, Mastersons met with a care team consisting of almost all medical professionals who can work with them in the future, all depending on what happened to Owen. “It was a big room with lots of people there,” said Tom. “It was hard to hear, but they went through the way it will look if he was born and died at birth, how it will look if he is born alive but dies shortly, how it will look if he is still alive. “
Tom said they had a choice about what would happen if Owen survives his birth – should he go straight to NICU or spend a few moments with his parents? Doctors were worried that Owens exposed brain would experience trauma at birth. Also, they worried that there were already so many significant neurological problems, Owens body could not take over the functions a baby does when leaving the womb. Mastersons was linked to On Angels’ Wings, a Springfield-based nonprofit organization that offers free professional photos and support for children struggling with a terminal state from maternity to 18 years. Volunteer photographers have crowned the family trip because Jessica was 32 weeks pregnant. During 40 weeks, Mastersons got a special card to show Mercy staff when it came time for delivery. The card indicates that the birth would have a good end and should be treated with sensitivity. Jessica entered the work on September 13, 2017. Owen was born about two hours after Jessica arrived at the hospital. “He cried. We were very excited to hear that,” Jessica said, looking at her husband. “You were like,” Oh, I live, and he cries. “They just gave him to me and we only held him.” Tom nodded and shared his memories of that moment. “Everything we’ve been told is not looking right now,” said Tom. “He came out and he cried. It was like,” Holy cow, this is crazy. “You do not know what to expect.” We were really hopeful. We prayed a ton. We knew we had so many people who asked for us, Tom said. “We felt honestly convinced that God would do something. We just did not know what.” But immediately after the birth of the Ovine, the couple was delighted that they feared every moment with him would be their last. They held him and told goodbye. “And then it takes a couple of minutes,” said Tom. “We have to spend time with him. He peered over Jessica and I got a video about it. It was fun. Then it just went back into that gut-wrenching” What’s going to happen. “”
What happened is Owen överlevd. A few hours passed and the hospital staff moved Mastersons to their own room. “We did not want to be in NICU. We wanted to spend time with us. We wanted skin-to-skin,” said Tom. “We did not know how many moments we would have with him.” Mastersonsen repeatedly praised Ovens Spring Day at Mercy. Since children with acalvary rarely survive, Owen’s care was still care and still the territory of all involved. Owen did it through the first night. Like all the children, he was hungry. So they fed him. “It was so nervous, because you’re literally worried, will it be the last 60 seconds we’ll get? Will there be something going on and then it will be over,” said Tom. “For that’s what we’ve been told.” With no apparent reason he would stay at the hospital, Mastersons brought home Owen home after one and a half days. For a while, Masterson’s hospice had the care of integrity for free. A nurse made daily visits, but eventually they were scaled back too. Owen continues to have occupational and physical therapy. He sees a nutritionist, a speech therapist, an orthopedist and a pediatrician. But, in addition to ear infection and small magavirus, Owen has not been ill or needed any special treatments or hospital stays. Today, Owen has no mobility. He can not crawl, sit or roll over. He is adapted for adaptive equipment to help him stand up. They have tried helmets and protective caps, but Owens screams make it quite clear how he feels to wear them. He has a padded hood that will carry in his car seat and his orthodist recently found another style with fitted hat that can work better. Owen has gone through an earphone and they think he can look close-up. “He responded to much of the light sample that the eye specialist did. It was positive for us because he did not really make eye contact with us. He is doing too much, very short moments,” Jessica said. “But we were not sure if he could see or not know what he was looking at.” Owen laughs now and laughs. His parents say that he often mimics familiar voices. “If she laughs, he’ll almost always laugh,” Tom said about his wife and son. Michelle Renfro, the On Angels Wings photographer who has followed the story of Owen Masterson since he was born recently took this photo to celebrate his 1 year birthday. (Photo: Michelle Renfro / On Angels’ Wings) “He’s coming for things with your hand to pick up,” added Jessica. At his one-year check, Owen weighed 18 pounds and 11.5 ounces. He is finally on the growth chart, another small milestone that his parents celebrate. They understand the oven’s brain is significantly deformed and he has a higher risk of seizures. He has been put to an attack medicine and is scheduled for an electroencephalogram (EEG). Still, Mastersons say they are grateful for every moment they have with Owen and for community support, Springfield Public Schools, Mercy Hospital and their Church Family at James River Church. “We do not see this as a tragic accident that’s just terrible,” said Tom. “For what reason this is what we must go through and experience. This is a season of life that we will experience right now. Life is just full of it. “About the Angels Wings Angels Wings provides free professional photographs and support for children struggling with a terminal condition from maternity to 18 years. This includes genetic disorders, chromosomalities that endanger the child, childhood cancer, cardiac relationships and birth loss. Founded in 2013 by Springfield Mom and Photographer Michelle Cramer. By that time, Cramer had been volunteering for an organization that offered free stillbirth photography. Cramer wanted to do more. “I’m the kind of person really connecting with people,” she said. It was difficult for me to take a picture and go away. “An On Angels Wings photographer took the picture of Tom and Owen Masterson shortly after Owen was born. (Photo: Michelle Renfro / Angels Wings) Cramer said that Now there are On Angels’ Wings volunteer photographers in St. Louis, Kansas City, Joplin, Rolla and several smaller hospitals throughout the state. She said the organization is completely voluntary and addicted to d unions. In addition to photography, On Angels Wings connects families with other resources as well as talks and support groups. Cramer said that Owen Masterson is the first baby born with acalvaria, which has been referred to the On Angels’ Wings. “Owen is obviously a miracle,” said Cramer. “Owen blows my mind. He’s so amazing.” An On Angels Wings photographer took the picture of Owen Masterson shortly after he was born. Owen was born without much of his skull and was not expected to survive. (Photo: Michelle Renfro / On Angels & Wings) On Angels Wings, volunteer photographer Michelle Renfro has crowned Masterson’s journey since he was born. Renfro, who is also employed by the news leader’s advertising team, shot Jessica’s maternity images, where there were just after Owen was born and continued to take family photos since then. She recently took pictures of Owen to celebrate her first birthday. Renfro said there are many reasons that Owen and his family are so special to her. “It’s not just the fact that he himself is a miracle. It’s not just the fact that it’s the only emergency session that has had many follow-up sessions for me,” says Renfro. “It’s not just the fact that the Masterson family is honest any of the cutest, most engaged and faithful parents I’ve encountered. It’s also that Owen has given me a gift of smiles in a storm. “© Springfield News-Leader

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