How often do we truly contemplate and recognize our ability to see, smell, touch, hear and taste? Do we rejoice when we can vocalize sounds? Do we marvel at our ability to simply breathe?
We recognize the greatness G-d has done by creating us so perfectly with millions of cells, and its proper function.
But, when a simple anatomical problem arises affecting our physiology, we are granted with a renewed appreciation for our G-d given gifts.
Our baby Mordy was diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis, affecting his ability to eat and breathe properly. The inability for his tiny voice box to vibrate properly impacted his little life. Even with non-functioning vocal cords one can breathe and eat, but it requires more effort.
The decision to give Mordy a tracheostomy was a tough one, with a lot of pressure. One downside of the trach is that we would not hear his vocalizing due to the air passing from the trach site as opposed to passing through his larynx (throat).
Fast forward several months, Mordy was showing progress, his vocal folds started moving – miraculously, and was given a valve (PMV) to wear on his trach which redirected the air back through his throat and allowed him to vocalize once again!
The joy in hearing my baby’s voice was so overwhelming. He has the cutest laugh and can adorably imitate sounds. Even his cry brings tears of happiness to my eyes! We are blessed! I’m elated to share this great and long awaited moment with you all and I hope you will take a moment to reflect and appreciate all you were given. Praying and hoping that Mordy will soon be trach and g-tube free.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for davening for Mordy and I feel that it is important to share progress and good news as well.
I would also like to thank Dr. Eli Rosen for being a רופא ידיד and being present at Mordy’s Bris (which took place when Mordy was 5.5 months).
Video: Baby Mordy’s laugh
Please continue having Chaim Mordechai Halevi ben Esther Sarah in your tefillos.
– A grateful mom from Crown Heights