After beating the odds, eight-month-old Alabama is coming home just in time for Thanksgiving – Update Alaba

Owen Erskine is smiling a lot today. The smell of Thanksgiving wafts through the kitchen—his face lights up as his mom places the casserole on his high chair. Owen Erskine is home for the first time since birth, grateful and happy. “I’m going to be 30 soon,” Owen’s mother Katie told me, “And this is the happiest Thanksgiving of my life.” Katie paused to calm herself as Owen put on his charming smile. Surrounding her in the kitchen was her husband Eric and their four children – 4-year-old Levi, 1-year-old Lyla, and 8-month-old twins Eli and Owen filled her heart with joy. It was March 19. Eric and Katie welcomed twin boys, who were born six weeks early. One doctor told Eric and Katie of Owen, “Get ready to say goodbye to your son.” Owen was diagnosed with NEC, or necrotizing enterocolitis, two days after birth. NEC can result in death – children suffer from perforated intestines and possible bacterial infections. “Owen somehow lasted long enough to have five surgeries,” Katie told me. “He lost 81% of his small intestine – four days after birth he was close to complete organ failure. We decided to believe in good results, not bad results. He came home to Ohatchee, AL a few days ago, one day before he was eight months old.” After eight months at Children’s Of Alabama, Owen Erskine is home, just in time for Thanksgiving. Owen has a long way to go as he receives nutrition through a feeding tube. It seems to be working well as Owen is now 20 pounds and eight months. “We’re big Bama fans — who knows — maybe Owen will play football for the Crimson Tide one day,” Katie said with a chuckle. Because of his feeding tube, Owen won’t be kicking the chicken and dressing the casserole today. That’s fine with Eric, Katie and the kids as Owen continues to get to know the family home while surrounded by family. Eight months after he arrived, Owen Erskine is the toast of the family home. She is home for the holidays, surrounded by love. The Erskine family are celebrating a day they will never forget. Because it’s Erskine’s best Thanksgiving ever. It’s also Owen’s best Thanksgiving ever.

Owen Erskine is smiling a lot today. The smell of Thanksgiving wafts through the kitchen—his face lights up as his mom places the casserole on his high chair. Owen Erskine is home for the first time since birth, grateful and happy.

“I’m going to be 30 soon,” Owen’s mother Katie told me, “and this is the happiest Thanksgiving of my life.” Katie paused to compose herself as Owen put on his charming smile. Surrounding her in the kitchen was her husband Eric and their four children – 4-year-old Levi, 1-year-old Lyla, and 8-month-old twins Eli and Owen filled her heart with joy.

It was March 19. Eric and Katie welcomed twin boys, who were born six weeks early. One doctor told Eric and Katie of Owen, “Get ready to say goodbye to your son.” Owen was diagnosed with NEC, or necrotizing enterocolitis, two days after birth. NEC can result in death – children suffer intestinal perforation and possible bacterial infections.

owen erskine, born six weeks

“Owen somehow lasted long enough to have five surgeries,” Katie told me. “He lost 81% of his small intestine – four days after birth he was close to complete organ failure. We decided to believe in good results, not bad results. He came home to Ohatchee (AL) a few days ago, one day before he was eight months old.

After eight months at Children’s Of Alabama, Owen Erskine is home, just in time for Thanksgiving. Owen has a long way to go as he receives nutrition through a feeding tube. It seems to be working well as Owen is now 20 pounds and eight months. “We’re big Bama fans — who knows — maybe Owen will play football for the Crimson Tide one day,” Katie said with a laugh.

Because of his feeding tube, Owen won’t be kicking the chicken and dressing up in that casserole today. That’s fine with Eric, Katie and the kids as Owen continues to get to know the family home while surrounded by family.

eric and katie erskine and their four children

Eight months after he arrived, Owen Erskine is the toast of the family home. He is home for the holidays, surrounded by love.

The Erskine family are celebrating a day they will never forget.

Because it’s Erskine’s best Thanksgiving ever.

It’s also Owen’s best Thanksgiving ever.

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