Miracle Kid: Brynn Taylor
Baby Girl Defies Odds Not Once, But Twice
After four years of infertility treatments and a miscarriage, Ryann Taylor prematurely gave birth to daughter Brynn, who measured just 29 weeks instead of 32 weeks and was diagnosed with a rare, complex congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.
“It was kind of a whirlwind beginning,” Ryann said, alluding to the four-month stretch of life-threatening complications that were to come.
Born near her home in Hamburg, south of Buffalo, Brynn weighed 2 pounds 13 ounces at birth and needed to remain stable at around five pounds before being transferred to UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital for open-heart surgery with George Alfieris, M.D., chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. Though able to make the move after six weeks, surgery was delayed after Brynn stopped breathing on the table and doctors discovered she had a severe case of pneumonia.
She was able to have the surgery two weeks later, after a course of antibiotics, but had arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, after returning to the Pediatric Cardiac Care Center. Knowing she was being closely watched, Ryann and her husband, Dan, headed upstairs to the Ronald McDonald House for a quick dinner. They’d just finished eating when Ryann got a call from one of the nurses, telling her to come downstairs immediately because Brynn had gone into cardiopulmonary arrest and doctors were reopening her chest to revive her.
“All of a sudden I just started walking toward the door,” Ryann said. “I didn’t even say anything.”
Dan silently followed, and by the time they were midway there they were sprinting toward their daughter, now surrounded by at least a dozen doctors and nurses. They were ushered in immediately. “They told us to talk to her, to let her hear our voices,” Dan said. “They were letting us say goodbye.”
Assured that no one was giving up trying to save their daughter, Dan and Ryann w