Browns WR Ryan Switzer shares feel-good video of playful 9-month-old son after hospitalization

Cassandra Negley
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Ryan Switzer's son is home from the hospital and back to his playful baby self after a scary weekend.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver shared Saturday on Twitter that his 9-month-old son Christian woke up "in his own blood," tested positive for COVID-19 and underwent surgery for internal bleeding.

He provided another update Wednesday morning and this one was more encouraging.

Switzer updates son's status after hospital stay

Switzer shared a video of Christian playing with a children's piano toy and smiling on Wednesday. Switzer, 26, said they were discharged from the hospital the night prior without any clear answers, but with a playful, happy baby.

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"Mr. man was discharged from the hospital yesterday evening," Switzer wrote. "We didn't get clear answers on why what happened, happened but to see him sleep through the night with no bleeding and wake up in a playful mood this morning means our prayers are being answered. Thank you all."

Switzer said on Twitter that Christian was moved from the ICU floor on Monday after no more "bleeding spells" overnight. His wife, Gabie, shared on Instagram that Christian was laughing and playing on the hospital bed in what she called a "miracle" and the "power of prayer." The lab results were normal, but Switzer said they were still awaiting results of a tissue biopsy from surgery the day prior.

Switzer asks for prayers for young son

Ryan Switzer gave an uplifting update on his 9-month-old son after three blood transfusions and surgery. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Ryan Switzer gave an uplifting update on his 9-month-old son after three blood transfusions and surgery. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Switzer shared his son's story on Saturday in an series of tweets asking for prayers. Gabie also recounted the last few days on her Instagram story.

Christian had a high fever and was lethargic on Friday. He tested positive for COVID-19 at urgent care and the family was sent home. The next morning Christian woke up with a diaper and crib soaked in blood, Gabie said, and they rushed to the hospital. He received multiple blood transfusions before he could have a CT scan to find the source of the bleeding.

A gastrointestinal specialist initially thought it was Meckel's Diverticulum, a leftover part of the umbilical cord that can easily be removed via surgery. Approximately 2 to 3 percent of people have it and not all of them have symptoms, per the Cleveland Clinic. After Christian was stable throughout the night in the NICU, he underwent surgery on Sunday.

What doctors saw on the CT scan was not Meckel's as originally believed, Gabie said. They did an endoscopy and colonoscopy while Christian was still under anesthesia and found some abnormalities, but nothing that would cause the level of bleeding that he had, Gabie said. The family is now awaiting results from a biopsy of the small intestine in the hopes that it's an infection.

"Pretty much everything they're telling us is speculation at this point," Gabie said on her Instagram story Tuesday night. "At this point we don't know anything, which makes me feel really scared because if we don't know what's to say it won't happen again."

Christian was born on May 25, 2020, while Switzer was still with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The former North Carolina star was a 2016 fourth-round NFL draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. He signed with the Browns' practice squad after the Steelers waived him last season and signed a reserve/futures contract with Cleveland at the end of the season.

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