Judah Morgan was born fighting for his life at just 33 weeks. Not only had his mother Miri Morgan faced a difficult pregnancy, Judah was born without kidneys over 800 miles from home. Miri was notified early in her pregnancy that Judah had Bilateral Renal Agenesis (BRA) so she made the decision to travel from her home in Houston, Texas to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio to receive specialized care. There she would receive treatment to help with Judah’s lung development and was surrounded by doctors that were capable of caring for Judah once he was born.
Within the first hour of his life, Judah’s doctors had grim expectations for him surviving through the night, but he would prove them wrong and continued to do so in the following months. Judah remained stable in the NICU for several weeks but not without a new challenge or struggle arising daily. After three months of fighting, Judah was cleared for transport to be closer to home where he could receive care until he was ready for a kidney transplant.
Miri Morgan reached out to Charity Air Ambulance to help get Judah home. She knew she and her husband, Brendan, would not be able to afford the out of pocket costs associated with an air ambulance transfer and insurance had refused to cover the flight. Realizing the importance of Judah and his family returning home to continue care, we stepped in to fund the flight. On December 20th, 2016 Judah was on his way home with a team of medical professionals caring for him every minute of his flight.
Miri and Brendan Morgan hope to raise awareness for babies born with Bilateral Renal Agenesis. While it is not uncommon, there are very few facilities with the capabilities and knowledge of caring for babies born without kidneys and the related complications. Forty percent of babies born with BRA will be stillborn, and if born alive most babies only survive for a few hours. The care Judah received during gestation and for the first few months of his life were vital in his chances of thriving and we at Charity Air Ambulance are honored to be a part of his journey.