Apr 27, 2011 7:15 PM by Andy Koen

Local mom shares heartbreak to reach others in need

Halfway through Xochi Quetzal Cantu's pregnancy, doctors told her something was very wrong. There wasn't enough amniotic fluid in her womb. Her baby had Potters Syndrome meaning his kidneys weren't developing.

Still, she could feel the baby kick and her doctors visits continued with their usual regularity. The gravity of the situation didn't set in until a later appointment when the doctor took her aside and said, "Xochi I hope your not planning a nursery, I hope you haven't bought any baby clothes."

Xochi says that's when she it hit her. "That's when I was like, I guess he's not going to make it."
The baby continued to grow and Xochi reached full term. Her husband had flown home from a deployment in Afghanistan and was with her in the operating room on January 11 when Varro Alejandro was born.

He weighed a mere 2 and a half pounds and was the size of a preemie. Xochi had read about Potters on the internet and knew that his time was precious. So, she'd asked a photographer to come and capture the fleeting moments, even in the operating room.

"My husband and I were just telling the doctors can you please hurry, I don't care what it looks like, just stitch me up. I want to see my baby, I want to spend time with my baby."

Varro lived just four and a half hours and Xochi says she cherishes every minute.

"He slowly just started wimpering away. He cried a very, very low cry and you could hear like a little moan and then he took his final breaths."

Doctors don't know what causes Potters Syndrome and Xochi hopes that by sharing her story, other moms won't feel the same isolation she did.

To help her family and others in the community cope Memorial Hospital is holding a service this Sunday to honor infants and children who left this world too soon.

It begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hospital Administrative Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Avenue. The service is open to everyone in the community regardless of where or when their loss occurred.


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