Josiah

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When Josiah’s parents were contacted about fostering the medically-fragile infant they were told the outlook was not positive. Josiah had been born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and short gut syndrome, a condition where there is not enough intestines left to absorb nutrients, due to exposure to drugs in the womb. But Valerie and Joel were very excited to be able to care for this little one who needed them. As soon as they were cleared to do so, they came to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and visited him every day! They learned that because of the exposure to drugs, most of Josiah’s intestines were improperly developed and decaying, thus his body was unable to absorb the proper nutrition from his food that he needed to survive.  He would have to survive mostly on intravenous nutrition and a small amount of formula through a feeding tube. Despite the challenges, his new parents fell in love with him more and more every day. He finally improved enough to be released from the Neonatal ICU to a regular Children’s inpatient room. After another month, Valerie and Joel were able to bring him home! Josiah has gone through multiple surgeries and has miraculously sprinted past his estimated life expectancy of five years old! He is now a thriving 7 year old that can do almost everything that other children his age can do! His mother says, “He is truly our little miracle and we wouldn’t trade him for anything.”