White House Community, Family Rally Around Child Fighting Brain Tumor
Updated: Saturday, June 7 2014, 03:24 PM CDT
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WHITE HOUSE, Tenn.-- It was supposed to be a time of bliss. The moment Maxwell and Terri Lynn Redwine welcomed their baby boy Max into the world and shared those precious first moments. Instead, it turned into a "horrifying reality."
Baby Garrett "Max" Redwine was born on October 5th, weighing 7lbs and 11 oz. It was the "most extraordinary moment" of the Redwine's life, but it came to a halt after hospital staff took baby Max from his mother's chest as he released a deafening cry which is seared into his mom's memory. That cry was being caused by turbulent airflow through Max's airway. The left side of Max's face dropped. Nurses and doctors rushed into the room, trying to decipher what was happening to the Redwine's child.
Max was rushed to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and it would be two days before his mother could finally leave her own hospital bed to join him. When she did, all doctors could tell them was Max was suffering from paralyzation of his left vocal cord and the left side of his face. Soon after, an MRI revealed what would become an ongoing fight for the little boy...the left side of his brain had a hematoma. A hematoma which would lead to an even scarier revelation months later...
Baby Max had a brain tumor.
But the Redwine's focused on faith instead of despair. Instead of asking why, Terri writes on her Facebook page she has to "give God the glory." As she points out, the thoughts of how much worse could have been if baby Max never showed signs something was wrong at birth. Without her faith, Terri says "I don't know where we would be today. I can't even explain the calm I have while caring for our son... All I know is.. I'm his momma, his care giver and hopefully his strength, because the Good Lord let him be mine!"
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Now a toddler, Max is fighting a Stage 3 Brain Tumor. He's survived emergency brain surgery and recently completed his 19th radiation treatment last month and has 11 more treatments to go. But with the love of his doting sister and mother, Max continues to find the strength to battle his diagnosis.
The Redwine family has also found plenty of support through the White House and Nashville community. The "Prayers for Baby Max" Facebook page has over 19,000 followers who stay up to date with Max's journey. A donation account has also been set up on the page which can help the Redwine family.
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