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Adoption is an amazing thing. It can be exciting, stressful, overwhelming and humbling and this family has seen and felt it all. I think the Code family has come out with the most amazing story and has a gorgeous and loving family because of their faith and strength. These are the words that Paige used to describe their journey through adoption.
“We have 2 biological children and 2 adopted children from China. Both of our adopted children are out of the special needs program that China offers. Rex came home in March 2013 and was labeled “repaired VSD” which virtually means that he has a heart defect and had open heart surgery to repair the defect while in the care of his orphanage. We were very aware of his heart condition and did the necessary research to find the best doctors in Tampa at All Children’s to help us monitor his repaired condition. We thought that was what we were signing up for. Little did we know that upon meeting our son, we noticed his belly was huge and it just didn’t seem “right”. When we returned home, I didn’t fool around with getting him into our pediatrician and that started our medical rabbit hole journey. The look on our pediatrician’s face alarmed us and we were immediately sent out for an ultrasound to investigate further why his belly was so extended and his spleen the size of an adults. At just two weeks home from China, still jet lagged, still learning our new son, and his sisters still adjusting to their new brother, we were told that Rex had a rare liver disease called Portal Vein Thrombosis. Our life changed. We became experts on this disease and found a doctor up in Pittsburgh that could do a particular type of transplant called the Rex Shunt. When we heard the name of the surgery that would potentially save his life, it was EVIDENT that God was still in control. Rex endured 13 banding surgeries over the course of 7 months here in Tampa to get his body healthy enough to transport him up to Pittsburgh Childrens. There he would undergo a transplant of his jugular vein into his portal vein to bypass the blockage. He also had his spleen removed. Now Rex controls his disease with two simple medications, baby aspirin to keep the blood nice and then to properly run through the shunt and a daily dose of penicillin since he has no way to fight infection. OTHER than that, he is ALL boy…no one would ever know that he was once knocking on death’s door until he takes his shirt off and you can see my sweet boy’s body is laced with visible signs of BRAVERY.
Because of Rex’s extensive medical needs, we decided that our family can do HARD.
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