Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Michelle RogersShelly Rogers

Shelly is the mom of Jaxon Thomas Rogers, born July 17, 2009 at 38weeks 4 days with a left-sided CDH. He spent 20 days in the NICU at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had surgery to repair his hernia when he was 4 days old, his stomach, small and large intestines and his spleen were upand they were able to do the repair without using a Gortex patch. During his surgery his surgeon discovered that his organs that were up were inside, as he put it a bubble, and we were told is rare and possibly was the reason for the minimal damage to his left lung. Jaxon was on an oscillating ventilator for 6 days, a regular ventilator for 5 days and cannula oxygen for another 9 days. He was released to go home with no medicine, no feeding tubes and no oxygen. He did develop reflux and was on medicine for that until he was ten months old. He is now a very happy 3 year old little boy. He loves his sisters and to play with his trucks!

Shelly is the Indiana State Rep. for Cherubs. She is married to her wonderful husband Greg, and they have 3 beautiful little girls as well as Jaxon...Emily, Lillie and Abbie. She lives in the small town a little northwest of Indianapolis that she was raised in and her children attend the same school she did as a child. Family is the most important part of her life. Shelly is a stay at home mom to all four of her children and is thankful she is able to do so. She recently decided to go back to college to pursue a degree in nursing, Jaxon's CDH and stay in the NICU are a big part of that decision.. She loves meeting and talking to CDH families to share stories and support. She also loves to read, take pictures, to help with her kid's activities, and really enjoys singing and dancing(though admittedly not well!) with her kids as also.

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