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Oak Creek couple’s premature infant, Patrick, is hanging tough

Jack Weinstein

Patrick Sebastian Louis Bograd, who was born 11 weeks premature, is shown with his parents, Seth and Bea Bograd.

— Patrick Sebastian Louis Bo­­g­rad's parents put a lot of thought into his name.

The son of Oak Creek residents Bea and Seth Bograd was born at 7:39 p.m. Jan. 15. About 11 weeks premature, he weighed only 3 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces and was 14 1/2 inches long. But the baby boy with the long name is doing well, Seth Bograd said Wednesday.

Patrick's initials, PSLB, were intentional, Seth said. PSL is the acronym for Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, which essentially served as the Bograds' home for the five weeks before Patrick was born.

"They gave us hope," Seth said about the hospital and its staff. "They said we'd be able to be there a while and give Patrick a better chance. They gave us information we needed to make us more comfortable and confident. The care was more human, humane and tender. It didn't feel clinical at all, even though it was."

Bea Bograd's water broke just 24 weeks into her pregnancy. She went to the doctor and was later airlifted to Denver.

Since his birth, Patrick has moved from Level 1 to Level 2 of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's. Seth Bograd said Patrick likely will stay until his original due date of April 1.

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Bea Bograd was discharged from the hospital Jan. 19. Seth Bograd said she is recovering well after a cesarean section and is staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver. Seth Bograd is back to work as a special education para-educator at South Routt Middle School. He commutes to Denver every weekend, using sick days when he can to extend the trips.

Seth Bograd said Patrick has checked out healthy thus far. He's being fed intravenously because his digestive system was underdeveloped, but he is starting to gain weight.

A first-time dad, Seth Bograd said he couldn't imagine how much love he'd have for his son.

"When I hold him, all the other problems go away," he said. "There's almost too much love to give him, but I think it all gets in there somehow."

Brian Harvey, a longtime friend of Seth Bograd's, helped organize a Jan. 13 fundraiser for the Bograds to help pay for medical costs. With Bea Bograd in the hospital and unable to work, Seth Bograd said expenses caught up with them.

Seth Bograd said at first, he didn't want to admit they needed help but was convinced by Bea Bograd to let their friends host the fundraiser.

Harvey said Wednesday that at last count, they raised about $4,600.

"We were really happy in this down economy with the results," Harvey said. After living in Steamboat for about 22 years, he's learned that the community doesn't shy away from helping others. "It didn't really surprise me."

Harvey said that people who couldn't attend the fundraiser have donated to an account set up in Bea and Seth Bograd's name at Alpine Bank, which still is open.

Seth Bograd said he wanted to thank everyone for the love and support his family has received.

"It's just an awesome feeling to know that you've had a positive effect over the years to make them feel like they want to help you," he said.

How to help

Anyone interested in helping Bea and Seth Bograd with ongoing medical and related expenses can donate to an account established in their name at Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs.