This post was hard to write. It comes from a mother with a timely message who said her son's liver is failing.
Eight-month-old Ryan Zittlow is at Levine Children's Hospital. He lives with his 3-year-old brother, Hunter, and their parents, Renee and Kane Zittlow, in Thomasville, in Davidson County.
“My heart is shattered," Renee said. "There is no good way to say your son is dying. Medicines are not working. Doctors aren't able to give an official prognosis as to why his liver is failing, but we've sent off lots of tests to hopefully show the cause. We were told we'd get results in his autopsy.”
To not even know... to get results "in an autopsy"... that'd be devastatingly impossible for any parent to wrap their head around.
Little Ryan's liver failure is why he has a somewhat pregnant-looking belly in this picture and, Renee says, it's why his skin a yellow tint.
The Zittlows reached out because they want every parent reading to know life can change in an instant.
“Everything can be going well one moment, and then just like that, you’re gathering money for a funeral," Renee said. She went on.
"Cherish every moment with your loved ones."
Please keep Ryan and the Zittlow family in your thoughts during this extremely unfair and difficult time. Renee's message about appreciating life and cherishing time is a powerful one.
*Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story (and updates on all #MollysKids) here.