He was hospitalized and hooked up to life support. After a month with no improvement, Children Services gave permission to discontinue life support. House of New Hope’s co-founder, Shirley Sharp, was with Tammy on the day that the baby was to be “unplugged.” Shirley prayed over the baby before the plug was pulled and asked God for the life of this baby. When the hospital pulled the plug, the baby took in a big heavy breath… like God himself had given the baby CPR… and the baby started breathing on his own. The doctors told Tammy that he would be a “vegetable”; never walking, talking or living a normal life.
After 6 months, Tammy and Ernie, despite realizing that he would have a long road of healing ahead of him, adopted “Ernest.” He was diagnosed with Panhypopituitarism caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome. Panhypopituitarism is a condition of inadequate or absent production of the anterior pituitary hormones that requires daily pituitary hormone shots in order to sustain the child’s life.
When Ernest undergoes great stress, he has to be given a shot of adrenalin to keep his heart going and requires immediate emergency medical care. There have been many times through the years where Ernest’s heart has stopped and the Whites have given him CPR to resuscitate him.
Tammy believes, after seeing the second chance at life that was given to him, that Ernest has “a reason to be here on this earth.” Even though he has to be given a daily shot to live, Ernest is a happy, loving and giving young man. He loves God and wants to be a preacher someday.
Today, Ernest is 13 years-old and has been on the honor roll and student of the month. This young man is a miracle and full of life. He loves video games, movies and The Ohio State Buckeyes. His dream is someday meet coach Urban Myers in person. Based on his passion and drive, we all believe that someday his dream will come true.
Ernest lives his life as a completely normal teenager. He is as cute as can be. His adoptive family travels to Honduras to make sure he stays connected to his ethnic roots and his biological extended family. Ernest is blessed and so is House of New hope for having foster parents like Tammy and Ernie White.