Samuel James
Born: November 13, 2005
Weight: 8 lbs 2.7 oz.
Length: 20 in.
Parents: Joe and Ginny
Samuel was born with bilateral vocal cord paralysis.  When he inhales, his vocal cords do not move apart to allow air to his lungs as they would in a normal person. Thus he had to work very hard to breathe. After spending extensive time in Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, a trach tube was put in Samuel's throat, and later on a feeding tube (seen taped to his cheek) was inserted, as he wasn't eating enough. On March 23, Joe and Ginny took Samuel up to Spokane for a routine checkup. After scoping his throat, one side of Samuel's vocal cords appear to be working intermittently and the other side barely functioning. On June 6, they returned for Spokane for a checkup, and both of Samuel's vocal cords were completely healed!!! Scar tissue was removed from his throat on July 10th and his trach was taken out. Samuel seems to be doing fine without the trach and is enjoying being trach-free. He has been able to go to church several times, and in general just be a carefree kid. :-)
Updates 12-31-06
Pictures 8-15-06

October 10, 2006          
August 31, 2006                   
Before and After: July 12, 2006        
Fathers Day: June 18, 2006                
Baby Dedication Ceremony: June 4, 2006
         Trip to Seattle: April/May 2006       
An Outside Adventure: April 7, 2006
Trip to Seattle: February 2006
Nov. 2005-March. 2006

Last Updated December 31, 2006
PRAISE THE LORD!!! Both of Samuel's vocal cords are working!! Check out the updates page for more info!!!
Swimming lessons: check out more pictures under August 31, 2006
Just being Sam.. check out more pictures under October 10, 2006