Logan Michael Colleran was born on June 24, 2017, at 27 weeks gestational age and weighing 1 lb, 2 oz. Five days later Logan was diagnosed with congenital CMV and was given a 10-25% chance of survival. The next month was excruciating as Logan struggled to gain weight, was intubated several times, and received countless platelets and red blood cell transfusions. Despite this fact, Logan was a fighter and overcame many obstacles, including moving from an isolette to a crib, lowering his oxygen support, and learning how to breastfeed. After over 100 days and countless hours spent at the NICU, we were finally getting ready to take him home. Unfortunately, Logan became resistant to his medication and the virus infected his lungs and brain. An MRI revealed severe and irreversible brain damage. Logan had been reintubated, sedated, had a feeding tube, and was looking at a very poor quality of life. We no longer felt it was fair to make him continue his fight, and decided to continue with comfort measures only. Logan passed away at just 4 months old. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of and miss him. We will always wonder what could have been, had we known about congenital CMV and its prevention.
-Vanessa & Peter Colleran (Oxford, MA)