The lovely Laura Rosenberger with her son Dean (22 months). Laura was 24 and was active duty Air Force when she got pregnant for the first time. She was working like crazy and really didn't think she really wanted to have children at that time so she chose to terminate her pregnancy. Years later, she and her second husband conceived again and were excited about the pregnancy. She had blood work early on that revealed her hCG levels were low but that she was in fact pregnant. Soon after she began spotting and her doctor confirmed she was miscarrying. She had a D&C but when she went for the follow up blood work learned she was still pregnant. They were baffled and it was ultimately determined that she had been carrying twins, one in her uterus and one somewhere outside of it (in her ovary or fallopian tubes) and because that pregnancy could have killed her they had to give her methotrexate to dissolve the pregnancy and miscarry the second twin. Laura and her husband were devastated and depressed , the grieved very differently and the loss ultimately led to their divorce.
Laura spent a lot of time feeling like she wasn't fit to be mother. That her abortion had someone led to her miscarriage and she just didn't deserve to be someone's mother. Over time she began to understand that was all flawed thinking and she and her current husband wanted to try to become parents. She was about 38 at the time and decided that if it hadn't happened by time she was 40, she was going to stop trying. Three weeks prior to her 40th birthday she learned she was pregnant with Dean at last! She had to have some additional monitoring due to her age and developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy that was managed with diet. Her labor and delivery when went well and the feeling of Dean on her chest, knowing that she was a mother, was an amazing moment. Laura is very much enjoying her time with her son and is grateful that she gets to devote all her time to him.
It is with the heaviest heart I pass along the news that our recent Pittsburgh participant, Laura Rosenberger's, son Dean was the victim of a near drowning at their home on Thursday afternoon. Laura pulled him out and started CPR until the ambulance arrived. He was in cardiac arrest for almost an hour before they got his heart beating and life flighted him to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh where he is currently.
Yesterday, Dean was declared brain dead and doctors recommended he be taken off of life support. Laura and her husband Paul, said no, they do not feel that he is ready is to go.
Laura and her family need all of the prayers, well wishes, love, light and positive energy you can send their way as they navigate this impossibly difficult time.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family if you're able to contribute financially to help with Dean's care and their need to be with him and away from work. http://www.gofundme.com/burrito
Updated: a prayer vigil is being held for Dean tomorrow.https://www.facebook.com/events/1472236806424861/
Updated: Dean was taken off life support surrounded by family and friends and passed away 08/05/2015