Amanda and Brian Gossett from Tracy City, Tenn. didn’t expect their second pregnancy to be full of difficulties. On Feb. 17, Amanda underwent an emergency C-Section in order for their newborn, Braxton, to enter the world safely. Unfortunately, complications did not end there. Baby Braxton’s lungs collapsed almost immediately after birth following an irregular heart-beat. Testing which medicine and dosage would regulate his heartbeat was going to take longer than planned. Therefore, Amanda and Brian were sent to stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. “It really helped getting to listen to stories from other families staying here. We ended up being thankful for what we do have.” Brian said. While staying at the House, Alicia added, “When this is all over, we want to try and help out at RMHC. We want to be here for others because everyone has been here for us.” The Gossett family was able to return home with baby Braxton and 3-year-old big sister, Brailyn, on March 11th after staying at the House for 19 days.

Months later, Braxton has learned to pull up by himself and is also starting to crawl and trying to talk! He is still taking two heart medications, but his cardiologist has seen no problems and is even talking about reducing the medicine doses and eventually coming off of them all together within the next few months. He is definitely a happy baby, and always has a smile on his face.

Update written by: Brian Gossett (dad)

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