Then he told us Cayden was fighting a serious infection, that he was unresponsive and his eyes were not moving, something that showed signs of brain damage. It was at this point I think the doctor said he suspected GBS and possible meningitis. He asked us to consider a DNR order for Cayden and stressed that he didn’t think Cayden was going to recover from the infection and if he did, he would be severely brain damaged. My world finally fell down around me as I realised our baby boy had a very slim chance of recovering.
Cayden was stable overnight but he was on three or four drugs for his blood pressure and they still couldn’t stabilise it, and the oxygen levels on the ventilator were quite high. The next morning the doctor performed a brain ultrasound and showed us what he thought was abnormal area. He said they needed to do an MRI scan to be certain of the extent of brain damage, so we gave our consent.
About 5 o’clock the same day we met with a doctor, she informed us that the MRI scan had shown severe brain damage and that Cayden would have very little quality of life if he survived.