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Of all the births of our babies Zakk's was the 'easiest', if you can say that.......
 All  I wanted was to get to 33 weeks and for Adrian to have his first birthday.  Well,  on the Sunday he had  his party.  A day or two later I caught gastro and the drama began.  On Wednesday morning I woke up with those familiar pains and knew  what was coming.  I was 33 weeks and 5 days.  We got to the hospital at 9.30 am and were taken into the birthing suite to get ready.  Not much happened throughout the day, the doctors wanted to try and stop the labor and were doing what they could to achieve this.  As the day wore on and not much changed, Dale decided to go home and I tried to get some sleep.  By about 11.30pm Zakk was starting to get a little distressed so they decided it was time to go ahead with the c-section.  Dale was called back in and off we went to theatre.  At 12.30 am on Thursday 6th of July, just one year and 4 days after his big brother was born Zakk James Franklin came into the world.  He weighed 2.2 kilos and was doing really well.  It was amazing just how much he looked like Adrian.  A couple of weeks after Zakk was born the doctors did an echo to check and see if there was anything to worry about.  They found that he had 2 small v.s.d's and a condition called pulminary stenosis, where his pulminary artery narrowed.  We were told it was very 'mild' and nothing to be overly concerned about.  Of course this was very hard for us to do considering what we had just gone through with Damien.  It wasn't affecting him an any way and he was thriving.
After spending 23 days in the special care nursery we brought Zakk home.  When he was about 8 months old we took the boys to the cardiologist for a check up and were told that the v.s.d's were pretty much gone and there was no sign of the pulminary stenosis.  We could finally breathe a big sigh of relief.
He has grown to be a strong-willed and interesting character, with a loving nature and very quick with a smile, just like his eldest brother.