Little Warrior Nate has Prune Belly Syndrome. This is a rare genetic birth defect affecting 1 in 40,000 babies.
Prune-belly triad consists of: Cryptorchidism, abdominal wall defects and genitourinary defects:
- A partial or complete lack of abdominal wall muscles. There may be wrinkly folds of skin covering the abdomen.
- Cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) in males
- Urinary tract abnormality such as unsually large ureters, distended bladder, accumulation and backflow of urine from the bladder to the ureters and the kidneys.
While Nate was in the womb he had a bladder obstruction which caused kidney damage. The kidney damage cannot be reversed. Nate’s kidney functioning will be closely monitored with frequent trips to Seattle Children’s. He will likely need a kidney transplant in the future.
Because of the problems in his urinary tract system, Nate is very susceptible to urinary tract infections. Nate had an infection when he was a week old that rejected most antibiotics. Since his birth, sweet little Warrior Nate has had multiple infections and has been o multiple antibiotics.
In addition, he will have a Ureteral Reimplantation surgery sometime in the next few months.
In six months, he will have reconstructive surgery to help support his little tummy.
Nate is a little fighter and despite everything he has already endured in a short amount of time, he is a happy baby who loves being cuddled!
PC: Jacqueline Stonas Photography