Thursday, December 31, 2015

CCA Adult, Meg, is Grateful for Her Doctors' Research

Today's blog post comes from another of our CCA Adults. Meg Storie, one of our committee members, submitted this news article for the CCA blog about a study showing improved health when doctors delay clamping the umbilical cords of premature babies. The lead researcher is Dr. Carl Backes. Meg was one of Dr. Backes Sr.'s patients and we're excited to share this research his son, Dr. Backes, is studying. Meg shares memories of the two doctors and reflects on her gratitude that they were there to help her early on.

Dr. Carl Backes met me when I was only days old. He was my pediatrician until I was a preteen.  He knew he wanted to be a Neonatologist, caring for preemies, shortly after his assigned rotation where he helped save his first premature baby. As for me, he was a wonderful doctor. I was born with a heart murmur, but luckily it went away. When I saw this article, I showed it to my mom and we reminisced about my early days. She remembers that Dr. Backes used to talk about his son, who is now carrying on his father's legacy, but at that time was mainly concerned with loving graham crackers. Young Dr. Backes Jr. also used to help around the office -- he answered the phone all by himself! And Dr. Backes Sr. was a very kind and accommodating doctor... I remember once I had my friends Emily and Sam accompany me to get a shot!

Dr. Backes worked from 1981 to 2013, helping countless babies and children along the way. His son followed suit and also became a physician, specializing in cardiology and neonatology. Hopefully, he'll be able to help more babies, including babies with craniofacial conditions who also have heart conditions by something as simple as delaying clamping the umbilical cord. I found this article to be particularly interesting for CCA parents.

I tease my friends that I should go back into my incubator. But truthfully, I’m really fortunate to be looking out my backyard viewing the beautiful sunflowers I planted. Thank you, Dr. Backes!

Happy New Year, friends.

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