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Photo Copyright © 2017 6ABC | Inspirational | March 13 2017
When Reagan Caldwell was born 9 months ago, doctors diagnosed him with a bevy of health problems. In the midst of dealing with this, his father gets deployed to Antarctica. Reagan’s mother is left reeling.
Back when mother Amanda Caldwell had been pregnant with her son, Reagan, she had – like every other mother – been tested for Group B Strep (GBS). GBS is a type of bacterial infection that can be transferred during delivery from mother to child.
Because Amanda texted positive for GBS, doctors said she would need to be given antibiotics during delivery. Aside from that, she had no need to worry.
But this wasn’t the case.
Not long after delivery, Reagan fell ill with a myriad of complications that had risen because of Amanda’s GBS. Not only did he develop meningitis and sepsis, but he also lost a lot of his ability to see.
“I was never told that this could make my baby sick. I was never told this could make my baby sick after leaving the hospital. I was not told anything about warning signs or symptoms of meningitis and sepsis,” Amanda admitted, desperately.
She had no idea what her positive test meant for her son, and now she believes that a lack of information for her and other expectant mothers contributed to Reagan’s poor health today.
Since Reagan fell ill, he’s suffered several seizures, and at one point, doctors warned his parents that their son might develop cerebral palsy or other mental disabilities.
Thankfully, Amanda managed to find the proper treatment for her son and he is slowly getting better. She takes him to physical, occupational, and speech therapy throughout the week, in hopes that he will continue to develop as close to a normal child as possible.
But in the midst of all this, the family received saddening news.
Reagan’s father, Captain Brandon Caldwell of the United States Air Force, was deployed to Antarctica.
The couple knew Amanda would be able to manage more than fine on her own, but Amanda particularly feared that little Reagan wouldn’t remember his father by the time Brandon was allowed home.
When the family reunited this weekend, Amanda’s fears were immediately assuaged.
Not only was Reagan more than thrilled to be held in his father’s arms as Brandon sang “Pat-A-Cake,” but he very clearly curled up into his father’s embrace to enjoy the moment. It’s truly a touching sight, and Amanda – from behind the camera – can’t help but let out an “aww” of delight.
We can only imagine how father Brandon feels.
“This was the hardest deployment yet by far,” Amanda admitted. “[Y]ou can see how hard it was for Brandon to be away from Reagan by the emotion he showed when he finally had him in his arms again.”
Thankfully, “Reagan did not skip a beat and is loving having daddy back home,” Amanda explained.
You can watch the footage here for yourself: