The vein of Galen directs blood flow through the brain and to the heart with the help of capillaries to control the flow. Imagine what happens when the vein of Galen is malformed? Without capillaries to slow the stream, the heart becomes dangerously overwhelmed from the strain. Now imagine this blood flow traffic jam happening inside a newborn. Alex and Detric Floyd don’t have to imagine, because it happened to their baby boy, Ryder.
Surgery left Ryder hemorrhaging in a diaper full of blood and unresponsive eyes who no longer saw his worried parents. His mother describes the intensity of those ten minutes as feeling like ten hours. As Ryder’s blood pressure dropped, the likelihood of his death increased at the same rate. Few things are worse for a parent than to watch a child hurt and not be able to help. Ryder’s grandmother began to pray, and Alex’s thoughts were filled with the verse 1 Samuel 1:27. For this child I have prayed, and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.
Thankfully for Ryder Floyd, the staff at the Medical University of South Carolina features some of the world’s best medical experts. An emergency blood transfusion in the recovery room brought life back into Ryder’s body and hope back into the hearts of his parents. His blood pressure stabilized, and the crisis lifted.
Ryder’s medical reprieve was short-lived as inevitably related vascular issues began to surface. Patients with vein of Galen malformation often endure hydrocephalus which is an accumulation of fluid on the brain. Pulmonary hypertension is the term for high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. Separately these conditions can be fatal, and combined they seem impossible. However, the Floyd family continues to pray, and Ryder continues to improve.
Sometimes it’s hard to celebrate victories when disaster is rarely more than a heartbeat away. Work and earning a living takes a backseat to losing a child, however, lifesaving treatment isn’t free. That’s where family, friends, and the community step up to help out.
Christian Prayer Riders (CPR) is a group of motorcycle enthusiasts on a mission to share the gospel and aid children. On November 09, CPR will hold a benefit ride to provide financial relief to the Floyd family and help ensure Ryder enjoys good health and a happy childhood.
For more information, please visit http://www.christianprayerriders.org/rides-and-events.php.