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THE ELLEN HUFF STORY

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This is my story of how Jason Collins entered our lives.  After ten long years of trying to conceive a child and two miscarriages and many obstetricians later, an angel guided me into the office of Dr. Jason Collins.  I found his name in the phone book by random choice.  I met Dr. Collins in November 1989 on  a routine exam while I was on my search for an obstetrician that would touch my heart.  This is where my search ended, because six weeks later I came back for an exam and was told I was pregnant.  This truly was an answer to my prayers.

Through the course of the next few months we were on an emotional roller coaster.  Dr. Collins mapped out his prenatal plan and much to my delight he was going to take an aggressive approach.  Numerous ultrasounds and fetal monitoring was the approach he was going to take with my pregnancy and one I readily accepted.

Miscarriages are a very emotional time in a woman's life, and with getting to know Dr. Collins I felt he was truly God sent to help me through this pregnancy.

I never realized how much of an impact he was going to have on my life, but I thanked Gold everyday that I was guided to him.  The aggressive approach that Dr. Collins and his nurse Lorraine, could not be appreciated unless you were in his care.  I totally submitted my baby's life into his hands.  I waited ten years for this precious being and put my faith in God, whom I feel directed me into Dr. Collins' path.

I was monitored closely and ultrasounds were performed on my periodically, in which I found to be very consoling not to mention an informative package for Dr. Collins.

The pregnancy was going well and I felt comfortable with my progress.  In the last stages of my pregnancy approximately in my 31st week, through the finding of ultrasound, my baby was found to still be in a breach position.  Dr. Collins sat me down and explained to me some signs to look for on a daily basis.  I was to count the baby's movement during a two-hour period, and any sudden jerking or acrobatic movements.  About one week later on a Sunday evening the baby's movements became very active that would best describe as acrobatic motions.  I then realized these were the movements that Dr. Collins informed me to become aware of.  The next day I called his office and was advised to come in immediately.  Upon my arrival I was brought into the back and was hooked up to a monitor, then Dr. Collins came in and performed an ultrasound on me.  He detected a knot in the umbilical cord intrauterine and I was approximately 32 weeks.  My world felt like it was falling apart.  Once he collected all his information he then directed his attention into consoling me.  He reassured me that he would closely monitor the baby and me.  I then totally and fully submitted to his care.  I truly put my baby's life into God's are and felt that Dr. Collins was his instrument.  For the next few weeks I came on a daily basis to monitor the heartbeat and would take a quick look with an ultrasound.  Just those few minutes in his care would give me the courage to go home and wait the next day to return.  On a visit, the baby's heartbeat became elevated and I was sent to the hospital for a non-stress test on the baby.  I was again sent home to repeat my office visit the following day.  During my 36th week I was on the monitor and the baby's heartbeat was extremely elevated and would not return to normal, after this continued I was sent to the hospital for a stress test on the baby.  This test showed not only an elevation in the baby's heartbeat but some decelerations as well.  I was then admitted for observation and fetal monitoring.  Everything was going well, until the 3rd day of my admittance, the baby's heartbeat became erratic.  The declarations were coming more frequently and would then become elevated.  A nurse entered my room to take me to Labor and Delivery and informed me that I was going to have my baby that day.  I was given pertossin and my labor was induced.  A few hours later I had reached about seven cms.  That is when the baby's heartbeat began to have decals once again.  I remember looking at Dr. Collins for strength and he was sitting in my room deep in thought and I was so frightened but he stood up walked over and said he had to intervene.  I was brought in for an emergency cesarean section and on July 18,1990 Evan Christopher Huff was brought into this world by the loving hands of Dr. Jason Collins.  He was given the chance of life four weeks early and was a healthy 6lb. 12oz. beautiful baby boy.  The umbilical cord knot that was found intrauterine was also passed around for all to see.

The roller coaster ride was now over.  God sent Dr. Collins to me, my faith in God has proven to be so.  Why did I seek this man out who was specialized and was doing research on umbilical chord problems?

I truly feel blessed to have been a part of Dr. Collins' life and him in mine when I so desperately needed his expertise.  I have the utmost respect for this man and a mere thank you could never be enough to have given my baby's life.

He is modest, deep, devoted and extremely dedicated person who left his mark on many lives.  I remain close to Dr. Collins as well as his family who share his compassion for life.  He not only brought Evan into this world, but has remained a part of Evan's life, and I thank God for that.

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