A medical mystery as Bakersfield parents search for a diagnosis and treatment for their baby, but still have no definitive word what’s wrong with him.
Baby Nathan was born full term last fall, weighing just two pounds, but before he was born, doctors had already began to notice he was small.
They had Pamela Aguirre visit a specialist during the end of her second trimester. That’s when it was confirmed, Nathan was not growing normally.
“I prepared myself for him being small, I prepared myself for the dwarfism, for whatever came my way,” said Aguirre.
He wasn’t premature, so Nathan’s size confused physicians. He’s been in the hospital for observation since he was born. Nathan needs to gain weight to be discharged.
In the following weeks he gained three pounds, then topping five pounds, Nathan was finally ready to be discharged, until the seizures started.
“He cries with so much pain, like if something is bothering him, and it gets to the point where he cries so much and it’s so painful that he actually stops breathing for like 15 seconds,” said Armando Martinez, Nathan’s father. “He turns gray, veins pop out. It’s horrible. It’s horrible.”
Nathan was transferred to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera. Doctors there still haven’t figure out what’s causing his symptoms.
The medical staff reached out to Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego for genomic testing, which helps identify illnesses in newborns.
By studying Nathan’s DNA, they were able to find that he has an extra chromosome, which an unusual diagnosis because.
“It’s rare, he’s the 8th person in the world to have something similar to what they’re saying and that’s all they know for right now,” said Aguirre.
Nathan’s food intake has also suffered.
“He has the interest to eat, but he won’t, “ said Aguirre. “He gags, he has that reflex, so the nurse just thinks that it just may go downhill from here, but we don’t know.”
Nathan will remain in the hospital for additional testing. the goal is to try and control his seizures and eating.
“He can be fine this week and next week it’s another thing,” said Martinez. “That’s where we’re at right now.”
For the first three months of this little boy’s life, his parents continue the journey from Madera to Bakersfield to comfort Nathan at his beside and still care for his 10-year-old brother, who is autistic, here in Bakersfield.
Nathan’s parents remain hopeful that someone will figure out how to help their baby, but for now, it remains a medical mystery.
There is a gofundme account for the family to help with expenses. You can find the page under “Baby Nathan’s NICU Fund“