Baby Bentley out of surgery

(Updated: 11:21 a.m. Thursday) Bentley McIntyre's homecoming has been delayed, but he did well during his surgery this morning.
Cheryl Welch
Sep 6, 2012


Autumn Ames, spokeswoman for Bentley's family, said that the baby is out of surgery, it went well, and he has two drains in his head to get the fluid out. He will be returning to the ICU. 

The surgery should relieve some of the pressure on his brain by draining fluid.

The little guy had been scheduled to return home after a nearly two-week-long stay at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Bentley suffered serious brain injuries after his father allegedly shook the boy early in the morning on Aug. 24.

He stayed in the intensive care unit just recently. He had an MRI scan Tuesday morning, which was expected to clear him to go home. Instead, it showed a lot of fluid on the brain related to the injuries the boy suffered. The family heard the bad news early Wednesday afternoon.

"Today was supposed to be the day," Ames said as she sat in the hospital holding Bentley on Wednesday afternoon. "Kaylee really thought she was bringing him home today, so this has been devastating."

She said that the doctors could go in and place a shunt in the skull to relieve pressure, but they don't believe they'll be able to do that so they'll have to put a drain in instead. This means he'll likely have to go back into the ICU.

Ames said all anyone can do is to keep Bentley in their thoughts.

"Prayers please, please, lots of them," she said.

Bentley remained in fair condition as of 11 a.m. Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.



we'll be thinking about that little guy. Get Well,Bentley!!!!


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