After being married for 4 years, Terra & Eric Brieno decided it was time to grow their family. In April the Brieno’s found out that their prayers were answered and their first child would be born in January of 2018. At their 18 week ultrasound, the Doctor’s noticed that something was not right. After another scan, it was confirmed that their baby boy, Ryder, had skeletal dysplasia. This is an umbrella term for Dwarfism. There are many, many types of skeletal dysplasia, some severe and some not. Ryder had many characteristics of the lethal type known as Thanatophoric Dysplasia, also known as TD. If this was the diagnosis, most babies with TD do not make it out of the delivery room. The next few months were filled with tears, faith, hope, prayer, scan after scan, weight gain, sweet belly kicks, baby showers, worries, and more prayer. With every ultrasound, the Brieno’s heard more promising news. Ryder was growing. At 27 weeks, Terra was diagnosed with Polyhydramnios, which put her at a high risk and caused more pressure and contractions. After more promising scans of continued growth, the Doctor’s scheduled Terra for a c-section on December 22nd at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte. On December 15th, Terra’s blood pressure reached dangerous levels. She had developed Preeclampsia and was immediately rushed to CMC. Ryder was delivered at 9:45pm. Ryder fought hard to survive and was moved to the NICU at Levine’s. The Brieno’s watched him fight and breath above his ventilator day by day. He was strong, beautiful, and adored by his parents and family. On the 4th day of his amazing life, the test confirmed the Brieno’s worst fear. Ryder had Thanatophoric Dysplasia and the diagnosis was not promising. He had abnormalities in his brain stem and optic nerve along with many other issues. After many prayers and tears, the Brieno’s had to make the hardest decision of their lives. With family and friends gathered around, they were able to hear Ryder’s first cry off of the vent. The angels delivered their sweet baby into the arms of Jesus that night while they rocked him for the first and last time. Terra & Eric’s prayer was that God would heal their boy and help him have the best life possible. God answered their prayers, not in the way they would have chosen on their own, but they know Ryder is healthy and possibly the first face he ever got to see was our Savior’s. They cling to the promise that one day they will too.
--This benefit will help the Brieno’s with the ever growing medical expenses both Terra and Ryder incurred.--